Pain: Management, Issues and Controversies


Jaroslava Raudenska (Editor)
2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Department of Clinical Psychology, Motol University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic

Alena Javůrková (Editor)
Motol University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic

Giustino Varrassi (Editor)
Motol University Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic

Series: Pain Management – Research and Technology
BISAC: HEA036000

This book provides a view of some problems encountered in the treatment of pain (mainly chronic, non-cancer pain and certainly not an exhaustive view). To cover all the debatable questions and controversies would be almost impossible. We have emphasized that the problem of treating pain is much wider than we are used to thinking. In fact, it has social, behavioral and biopsychosocial aspects.

The book is primarily intended for physicians and specialists engaged in the treatment of patients with pain. It will also certainly be interesting for other healthcare professionals who work with pain patients such as psychologists (both clinical and researching), physiotherapists, nurses, social workers and others. It can also be used as a basis for a course on pain treatment for undergraduate students, as well as for the postgraduate education of pain treatment specialists.

A variety of authors have composed the different chapters as they are from different specialties of medicine. All of them are extremely well-known in terms of their scientific interests in the field of pain management. Most of them have possessed a huge clinical practice for many years and report their past experiences to the readers.

Considering that no consistent approach to healthcare and to the treatment of pain is used worldwide, and that not everyone in need has access to such care, the authors believe that a significant role is played by education, exchange of information, and availability of information among specialists in pain treatment. By editing this book, the authors have sought to fill an empty place, although with limitations. The authors hope that anyone who reads this book may enjoy its contents and participate in a proactive way by also corresponding with them. The authors will gladly accept any criticisms and suggestions with pleasure. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Editors

List of Contributors




Part I. General Issues

Chapter 1. The Development of Pain Medicine
Antonella Paladini and Giustino Varrassi

Chapter 2. Societal Issues in Pain Medicine
Norbert van Rooij, Giustino Varrassi and Antonella Paladini

Chapter 3. Controversies in Pain Theories
Shelagh Wright

Chapter 4. Person-Centered Pain Medicine: Tomorrow’s Perspective or Today’s Practice?
Vladimir Romanenko and Yuriy Romanenko

Chapter 5. Visual Analogue Scale: An Old or New Method?
Jaroslava Raudenská and Alena Javùrková

Chapter 6. The Role of the Psychiatrist in the Pain Clinic
Stephen P. Tyrer

Chapter 7. Patient Compliance and Involvement in Adherence to Pain Therapy
Jaroslava Raudenská and Alena Javùrková

Chapter 8. Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, Cognitive Factors and Cognitive Impairment
Jaroslava Raudenská and Alena Javùrková

Chapter 9. Peripheral and Central Presentation of Neuropathic Pain
Paolo Marchettini and Angelo Compare

Part II. Issues and Controversies in Pharmacological Treatment

Chapter 10. Controversies in Acute Pain Management
Alvise Martini, Vittorio Schweiger, Massimo Parolini, Antonella Paladini, Alessandro Rizzardo and Enrico Polati

Chapter 11. Controversies Concerning Botulinum Toxin
Marcela Lippert-Grüner, Stephan Grüner, Kamila Rasova and Axel Schulz

Chapter 12. Cognition, Dependence and Opioids in Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
Alena Javùrková and Jaroslava Raudenská

Chapter 13. The Relation between Cognition and Opioids in Chronic Cancer and Non-Cancer Pain
Alena Javùrková and Jaroslava Raudenská

Part III. Issues and Controversies in Non-Pharmacological Treatment

Chapter 14. Waves of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
Jaroslava Raudenská and Alena Javùrková

Chapter 15. Controversies in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Chronic Pain
Shelagh Wright

Chapter 16. Complementary and Alternative Medical Approaches in Chronic Pain Treatment
Hana Neudertová

Chapter 17. Selected Ethical Issues of Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management
Jaroslava Raudenská and Alena Javùrková

Chapter 18. Pain in the Elderly Population with Cognitive Impairment
Luca Cravello, Antonella Paladini and Giustino Varrassi

Chapter 19. Non-Pharmacological and Invasive Pain Management
Vittorio Schweiger, Alvise Martini, Antonella Paladini and Enrico Polati

Chapter 20. Palliative Pain Management at the End of a Patient’s Life
Eberhard Albert Lux



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