Pain Assessment: A Guide for the 1990s

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 208–209. Reviews the book, Handbook of Pain Assessment edited by Dennis C. Turk and Ronald Melzack (1992). The stated objectives of this volume are to present the state of the art in pain assessment and research and to provide information of practical use for researchers and clinicians in this area. This volume meets those goals admirably. The book is aimed toward a multidisciplinary audience, as is appropriate given the subject matter and the emphasis placed within the majority of the chapters on a biopsychosocial approach to pain assessment. This volume represents the most comprehensive work available on pain assessment and will be a standard in the field for some time to come. Both clinicians and researchers are likely to find themselves turning to it repeatedly-not only as a convenient summary of currently available measures and literature but also as a guide to developing increasingly sophisticated methods of assessing biopsychosocial aspects of the pain experience. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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