Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain
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Chronic (persistent) pain is now recognized as a disease entity, with a broad range of physical, psychological and environmental maladaptions involving the peripheral and central nervous systems. All healthcare professionals, regardless of specialty, will care for patients with pain that has persisted for more than 6 months
The authors of Fast Facts: Chronic Pain and Cancer Pain - renowned experts in pain medicine - say that this book is aimed primarily at "the wide range of busy healthcare professionals who are well aware that they have experienced little or no education and training to help them manage patients with chronic pain". First Prize winner for Neurology in the 2012 BMA Book Awards, this colorful easy-to-read, yet evidence-packed, book provides a perfect overview to bring a reader up to speed with this vitally important area of pain management.
Definitions and mechanisms; Assessment of pain; Trigeminal neuralgia; Complex regional pain syndrome; Diabetic and postherpetic neuropathic pain; Central pain; Persistent postsurgical pain; Cancer pain; Musculoskeletal pain; Visceral pain; The multidisciplinary approach and the developments in pain management
'This book would definitely invite me to look for other titles in the Fast Facts series. Its strengths are its layout, content and organization/clear presentation of content. Its clean, colour-coded presentation is also appealing and 'organized' which is very important to intended readers who do not have excessive time to read texts. The main accomplishment is tackling and breaking down a subject which may be a source of challenge to most GPs. It makes the theory and practice of pain management feel far more manageable. I think this is a great book with a clear intended readership and the 'product' is very much 'fit for purpose'.' BMA review: First Prize, Neurology, 2012 BMA Book Awards
'This is a well-written resource on the assessment and management of chronic pain. Its focused approach is very helpful for healthcare providers and individuals suffering from chronic pain. It is a wonderfully informative addition to the current literature on chronic pain.' Lacie Filkins, BSN (University of New Mexico Hospital) - Doody's Review Service
'... a great little book and very focused ... a very good buy and primary care providers should keep it handy!' Dr Ronald W. Sand, Redding, CA, USA, on amazon.com (4-star review), 30th June 2008 (review for first edition)
'I welcome publication of this accessible and highly informative resource, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the key facts among busy frontline practitioners. It plays an important part in our campaign to improve the prevention, treatment and management of chronic pain, and deserves our full endorsement'. Chair, Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (review for first edition)
Authors: Michael J Cousins and Rollin M Gallagher
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