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Biobehavioral Approaches to Pain

Moore, Rhonda J. (Ed.)


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  • Foreword by Judith Paice, Northwestern University Medical School
  • Places pain in a social context and a public health context

Biobehavioral Approaches in Pain

Edited by Rhonda J. Moore, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland


Pain is a common symptom, yet it is frequently underevaluated and undertreated. It is difficult to define, describe—and sometimes to prove. It’s pain, and suspicions of exaggerations often add further insult to a patients’ injuries. Biobehavioral Approaches to Pain translates this highly subjective experience—and its physical, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions—into practical insights key to transforming the field of pain management.

This pathbreaking volume synthesizes a rich knowledge base from across disciplines, including neurobiologic, genetic, biobehavioral, clinical, narrative, substance abuse, health services,ethical and policy perspectives, for a deeper understanding of the impact of pain on individual lives and the larger society. Its international panel of contributors highlights special issues and review best practice guidelines, from placebo effects to cancer, Whiplash Associated Disorders to pain imaging to complementary medicine, phantom limb pain to gene therapies to AIDS. Among the topics covered:

  • The distinction between acute and chronic pain: is it clinically useful?
  • Improving clinical assessment of patients with pain.
  • Age and sex differences in pain.
  • The what, how and why of the placebo and nocebo effect
  • Psychosocial and partner-assisted biopsychosocial interventions for disease-related pain
  • Substance abuse issues in pain treatment.
  • The personal, social and economic costs of chronic pain.

Biobehavioral Approaches to Pain offers clinical and health professionals, psychologists, as well as specialists in pain management or palliative care, new directions in their ongoing dialogue with patients. Given the prevalence of pain in the general population, it should also interest researchers and students in the field of public health.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Pain Medication - Pain Research - Pain management - Primary care - Public Health - School of Public Health - Supportive Mobility - assessment - rehabilitation - therapy

Related subjects » Medicine - Public Health

Table of contents 

Foreword Judith Paice, RN, PhD, Northwestern University/ President of the American Pain Society Forward Richard M. Hirshberg, MD, (retired), Neurosurgery Department, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Houston, TX Introduction: The challenge of pain and suffering in the global context Rhonda Moore, PhD, NCI Chapter 1. Acute versus Chronic Pain: what are the differences? Lance McCracken, PhD, Kevin Vowels, PhD, University of Bath, UK Chapter 2. The Neuroanatomy of Pain and Pain Pathways Elie Al-Chaer, PhD, JD, University of Arkansas Medical School, USA Chapter 3. Genetics of chronic pain Alex MacGregor, MD, University of Norwich, UK Chapter 4. Pain and the Placebo Effect Antonella Pollo, MD, Fabrizio Benedetti, MD, The University of Turin, Italy Chapter 5. Narrative approaches to understanding the meaning of the pain experience Howard Spiro, MD, Yale University of Medicine Chapter 6. Psychosocial and Partner-Assisted Approaches to the Management of Pain Frank Keefe, PhD, Duke University and the Duke University Cancer Center Chapter 7. Sex Differences in Pain Perception Ed Keogh, PhD, University of Bath, UK Chapter 8. Children and Pain Giovanni Cucchiaro, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Chapter 9. Pain in Older People Bill McCarberg, MD, Kaiser Permanente, CA, Barry Cole, MD, American Society for Pain Educators Chapter 12. Pharmacoeconomics: economic and social costs of pain Rebecca Robinson, MS, Eli Lilly and Company; and Thomas Vetter, MD, MPH, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL Chapter 13. Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathies (CIPN): A biobehavioral approach Rhonda Moore, PhD (National Cancer Institute, NIH Chapter 14. Pain in Patients with HIV: role of health services research Aram Dobalian, PhD, JD,Jennie C.I. Tsao,PhD and Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD, University of California-Los Angeles Chapter 15. Pain Assessment, treatment and evaluation Sydney Dy, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Chapter 16. Phantom Limb Pain Jan Geertzen, MD, PhD, Pieter Dijkstra, PT, PhD, the Department of Rehabilitation, University Hospital Groningen, Netherlands Chapter 17. Substance Abuse issues in the treatment of Pain Patients Arthur Lipman, Pharm D, The University of Utah; Howard Heit, MD, Virginia Chapter 18. Uses of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pain Catherine Stoney, PhD; Patrick Mansky, MD, The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), The National Institutes of Health, , Bethesda, MD Chapter 19. Imaging modalities for pain Dagfinn Matre, PhD, National Institute of Occupational Health, Norway; Tuan Diep Tran, MD, University of Medicine and Pharmacology, Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam Chapter 20. Pain, Whiplash Disorder and Traffic Safety: A Biobehavioural Approach Michelle Sterling, PT, PhD, The University of Queensland, Australia Chapter 21. Gene Therapies for Pain William Lariviere, PhD, Doris Cope, MD, U of Pittsburgh Chapter 22. Pain and Palliative Care Jim Hallenbeck, MD, Shana McDaniel, MS, Stanford Medical School and the VA-Palo Alto, CA Chapter 23. Pain in Society: ethical perspectives and Public Policy Concerns

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