Understanding and Managing Chronic Pain

A Guide for Patients and Clinicians

by Daniel M. Doleys, Ph.D.

Understanding and Managing Chronic Pain
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Understanding and Managing Chronic Pain

A Guide for Patients and Clinicians

by Daniel M. Doleys, Ph.D.

Published Jul 18, 2014
151 Pages
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / Pain Management



 

Book Details


Tens of millions of adults suffer from chronic pain. Many feel overwhelmed by depression and consumed by a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. The entire family can be affected. Most present day treatments offer limited relief and can be associated with harmful side effects. There appears to be a need to broaden our view of chronic pain. Chronic pain is most often interpreted as a symptom. This book furthers the notion of chronic pain as a disease process, not unlike diabetes. The factors that contribute to the development of chronic pain are discussed. Topics such as the role grief and how patients can effectively participate in their own care are reviewed. Many of the treatments currently available are summarized along with their relative advantages and disadvantages. The importance of an integrated and comprehensive approach is emphasized. The clinician-patient relationship is shown to be an important ingredient to treatment success “‘Understanding and Managing Chronic Pain’ is simple enough for patients to understand and detailed enough that any clinician, particularly primary care providers, will learn a great deal.” —Steve Furr, M.D. Family Practice Medicine “I would encourage patients with chronic pain to read this book to understand more about their disease, to become an educated consumer of their chronic pain health care, and to boost their confidence in using medical, cognitive, behavioral, and other pain management strategies to live a better quality of life.” —Leanne R. Cianfrini, Ph.D. Pain Psychologist “To be able to access one source of information that so clearly explains all the complexities of chronic pain is essential, I believe, in how I manage my pain from here on out. It is through reading this book that I have learned how very important it is that I take an active and informed role in my treatment and that my family and loved ones need be as informed as they provide me their support.” —P. Morris, A chronic pain patient

 

About the Author

Daniel M. Doleys, Ph.D.

Dr. Doleys received his Ph.D. in psychology 1973. He has devoted his career to the study and treatment of patients with chronic pain. He has published over 100 papers and chapters, and is the author of ‘Pain: Dynamics and Complexities’ (Oxford University Press, 2014).