Understanding Pain for Better Clinical Practice

A Psychological Perspective

By

  • Steven Linton, Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Orebro University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden

A comprehensive review of the current state of thinking and research in relation to the management of the psychological aspects of pain. Written in a style and at a level which is relevant and accessible to the practising clinician and also to students. Addresses the common clinical problems relating to the psychological aspects of pain management and gives practical guidance based on the latest research as to how those problems should be dealt with. Includes an appendix which may be used as a session manual by therapists using cognitive-behavioural therapy with groups for early intervention in pain management. May be used as a textbook as well as a clinical reference.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2005
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51591-9


Table of Contents

PART I: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PAIN PERCEPTION AND BEHAVIOR
Chapter 1 The need to understand the psychology of pain
Chapter 2 Models of pain perception
Chapter 3 The biological-psychological interface: Pain perception
Chapter 4 Attending to pain stimuli: Vigilance and Distraction
Chapter 5 Emotions and the experience of pain
Chapter 6 Interpreting pain signals: Cognitions
Chapter 7 Learning to cope: Behavior in pain and health
Chapter 8 An integrated model
PART II: IMPLICATIONS FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE
Chapter 9 Why does chronic pain develop?
Chapter 10 Communicating with patients
Chapter 11 Managing the first visit
Chapter 12 Early identification of "at risk" patients: screening
Chapter 13 Early intervention
Chapter 14 The way forward

Appendix Session manual for therapist's: Cognitive-behavioral early intervention for groups