Nurses take a leading role in assessing, monitoring and managing pain. Covering all aspects of pain and its management, this book provides an excellent introduction to the subject. The topics examined are relevant to all areas of health care practice and include: *kinds of pain *emotional, cognitive and socio-cultural factors affecting pain *interventions (pharmacological, physical and psychological) *alternative and complementary therapies. Caring for People in Pain clearly sets out the research base for practice and provides a thorough and accessible text for students.
Table of contents : Part One - Introduction - What is pain? 1.Introduction 2.Kinds of Pain Part Two - Factors Influencing the Pain Experience 3.Nociception - Sensory-Discriminative Aspects 4. Motivational and Emotional Aspects of Pain 5.Cognitive and Evaluative Aspects of Pain 6.Social and Cultural Aspects of Pain Part Three - Interventions to Help the Person in Pain 7.Pharmacological and Physical Interventions 8.Psycholgical Interventions Part Four - The Management of Pain 9.The Assessment and Monitoring of Pain 10.Administration of Interventions 11.Conclusion: The Future; Research and Education
'The author has succeeded in squeezing a wealth of information and experience into a book that is understandable and will do much to encourage changes in practice. The book is a useful resourse for the novice and will be indispensable to the expert practioners.' - Peter Davis, Nursing Standard