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Chronic Pain Handbook & Resource Guide


This new title is designed to bring together necessary and valuable information for anyone suffering from chronic pain—more than 20% of U.S. adults, according to recent figures—including family and friends of affected individuals. For those providing care and support to individuals with chronic pain, this resource provides easy-to-understand and helpful information and connects readers to many sources of support.

The Chronic Pain Handbook & Resource Guide offers statistics, both national and state, as well as discussions about prevention, treatment, and outcomes. It includes details on the major causes of chronic pain, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, and other ailments such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, gastrointestinal issues, AIDS, and gallbladder disease.

  • Studies & Statistics About Chronic Pain: This four-color section is more than 300 pages and includes detailed reports, maps, graphs and tables from sources such as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. Coverage is current, comprehensive, and discusses the prevalence of chronic pain, causes, treatments, and co-existing conditions.
  • Chronic Pain Resources: This section includes several chapters, with resources on chronic pain specifically, and related health and wellness generally. Each chapter begins with an informative description, and goes on to include a variety of resources for patients, their families and caregivers.
  • Complications of Chronic Pain: This section details numerous health conditions that can occur as a result of and in tandem with chronic pain, including diabetes, respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disorders, and depression.
  • Additional sections include Glossary, Entry Index, and Geographic Index.

The Chronic Pain Handbook & Resource Guide is a necessary reference for public and academic libraries, as well as health care collections, providing information crucial to sufferers of chronic pain, their broader support network, case workers, social workers, and other health care providers.