Oxford Handbook of Pain Management PDF
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Pain remains an all too common feature of our lives and its alleviation represents a ‘Grand’ challenge for healthcare practitioners. Although we have limited diagnostic tools, imperfect treatment options and flawed structures for their delivery there is much that can be achieved through multidisciplinary and holistic practices which can achieve the best outcomes in the treatment of both acute and chronic pain. This book stemmed from our mutual perception that too few people working in healthcare were privy to the broad range of approaches that were useful in the management of pain.
There will never be enough pain specialists and practitioners to meet the needs of all the patients who suffer in this way, thus for this knowledge to be effective it must be disseminated beyond ‘centres of excellence’ down to the shopfloor. As we have noted, effective pain management often requires a multidisciplinary approach yet the time spent learning about pain in medical school and nursing, physiotherapy, and clinical psychology training is limited and is often limited to a narrow perspective. So it seemed appropriate that we should attempt to collect and share current knowledge about the management of pain from a broad range of viewpoints to support new clinicians, and other colleagues across the world.
We felt that to be most useful this information source needed to be concise, to be quick and accessible, something that could sit in a pocket or on a nearby shelf. It is intended to be a pointer to good practice, giving key, immediate guidance. Practitioners have cannot hope to craft effective management plans based on the avalanche of information pouring daily through their letter boxes and in trays, rather they need distilled wisdom from a range of sources. In an attempt to meet this need we conceived the Oxford Handbook of Pain Management .
In places this book provides more than most clinicians will need at the coalface, and there is inevitable repetition of some common themes, but we hope that the core information is presented in a way that will encourage thought, help with decision making and provide starting points for more detailed consideration. We all continue to learn (often from our patient’s experiences) and the field of Pain Management is constantly evolving. We have enjoyed collating our author’s insightful contributions that have provided many different perspectives, and take this opportunity to thank them for their patience. This book has been a long time coming but, hopefully, is all the better for it.
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