Book Review: Pain Management

★ ★ ★ ★

This book offers a gentle introduction into the complex world of chronic pain.

The author covers essential aspects of understanding pain such as related pain physiology, also covering the very commonly referenced and useful Gate control theory. The author also clarifies terminology and helps the reader to differentiate between types of pain.

The book also provides an excellent introduction to mindfulness for both acute and chronic pain, something which is now being widely used in pain management.

The text considers the power of the mind, the burden of suffering and self-compassion but also the physical side and the importance of movement, which reflects national trends in treatment.  

Self-management is a widely promoted strategy of pain management services as well as NICE, and this is reflected in the book. This helps the reader to understand the fundamentals of pain within the recognised biopsychosocial model.

Audio downloads are available from the author’s website.

Although the main audience will be people with long term pain, the book could offer a useful insight and update for all nurses working with patients with long-term pain and painful conditions.  The book also covers other issues, such as wellbeing, and would be a good resource for patients as well as nurses working in this field.

Nursing students would find this book helpful as it offers an holistic introduction to long-term pain and mindfulness, and on how to successfully manage pain using a holistic biopsychosocial approach.

Cheryl Rezek | Sheldon Press | 128pp | £7.99 | ISBN: 9781847094216

Reviewed by Mandy Ridley, lead clinical nurse specialist, pain management service, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

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