Clinical Pain Management


Practice and Procedures

Largely reorganised and much expanded in this second edition, Practice and Procedures brings together in a single volume general methods of pain assessment and presents the wide range of therapies that can be provided by a range of health care disciplines. Authored by a multidisciplinary team of experts, chapters stand alone for readers looking for a general overview of the methods of techniques for pain management available to them or can work to complement chapters in the accompanying three volumes, providing practical procedures and applications in the management of acute, chronic and cancer pain.

  • Part One covers the principles of measurement and diagnosis, including history taking and examination, the selection of pain measures, diagnostic tests and novel imaging techniques.
  • Part Two discusses the full range of therapeutic protocols available, from pharmacological therapies, through psychological techniques, physical therapy and interventional procedures, to techniques specific to pain assessment and management in paediatric patients.
  • Part Three provides information on planning, conducting, analysing and publishing clinical trials, with invaluable guidance on the techniques of systematic review and meta-analysis in pain research.
  • Part Four considers the role of multidisciplinary pain management teams, their organization, their place within different health care systems, and how best to manage change when implementing such a service.
  • Part Five concludes the volume, investigating the use of guidelines, standards and quality improvement initiatives in the management of post-operative pain, and discussing the expert medicolegal report.

Edited by

Harald Breivik MD DMSc FRCA
Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology
Rikshospitalet University Hospital
Oslo, Norway

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
The Ulster Hospital
Belfast, UK

Michael K Nicholas PhD
Director, ADAPT Pain Management Programme, Pain Management Research Institute
University of Sydney at Royal North Shore Hospital
Sydney, Australia

Series editor
Toby Newton-John
Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Program Director
Innervate Pain Program and
Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney

Lead editor
Andrew SC Rice MB BS MD FRCA
Professor of Pain Research, Department of Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care, Imperial College London; and Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation NHS Trust, London, UK