International Association for the Study of Pain®    IASP Press®

    Editors: Iain K. Crombie, Peter R. Croft, Steven J. Linton, Linda LeResche,
Michael Von Korff

1999, 336 pp, softbound, ISBN 0-931092-25-6.  Special Price: $35.00 US 

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The International Association for the Study of Pain and its Task Force on Epidemiology are pleased to announce publication of Epidemiology of Pain.

Studies on the epidemiology of pain are a relatively new phenomenon and appear in publications ranging over a wide variety of specialty areas. This volume represents a systematic, interdisciplinary approach to the issue. Its contributors have examined the literature critically and thoroughly, applying the highest criteria for distinguishing major, high-quality studies from other studies.

Epidemiology of Pain provides a repository of vital epidemiological information on chronic pain syndromes, reviews the problems and pitfalls of epidemiological pain studies, and identifies high-priority areas for future research.

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The Potential of Epidemiology - Iain K. Crombie

Epidemiological Methods - Michael Von Korff

Requirements for Epidemiological Studies - Iain K. Crombie and Huw T.O. Davies

Psychological Factors - Steven J. Linton and Suzanne M. Skevington

Gender Considerations - Linda LeResche

Cross-Cultural Investigations of Pain - Rod Moore and Inger Brødsgaard

Chronic Pain in Children - Patricia A. McGrath

Pain in Older People - Robert D. Helme and Stephen J. Gibson

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Widespread Pain - Gary J. Macfarlane

Chronic Postsurgical Pain - William A. Macrae and Huw T.O. Davies

Phantom Limb Pain - Donna A.K. Kalauokalani and John D. Loeser

Central Post-Stroke Pain - Karsten Vestergaard, Grethe Andersen, and Troels S. Jensen

Migraine and Headache: A Meta-Analytic Approach - Ann I. Scher, Walter F. Stewart,  Richard B. Lipton

Facial Pain - Joanna M. Zakrzewska and Peter J. Hamlyn

Temporomandibular Disorder Pain - Mark Drangsholt and Linda LeResche

Neck Pain - Geertje A.M Ariëns, Jeroen A.J. Borghouts, and Bart W. Koes

Shoulder Pain - Daniëlle A.W.M. van der Windt and Peter R. Croft

Low Back Pain - Clermont E. Dionne

Knee Pain - Robert McCarney and Peter R. Croft

Contains over 100 tables
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This authoritative text examines the epidemiology of pain in several important conditions. It begins with an introduction to the potential of epidemiology, epidemiological methods and the requirements for such studies.
... The book then goes on to consider pain in a number of different conditions. The choice is interesting, although somewhat eclectic, including fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain, chronic post-surgical pain, phantom limb pain, central post-stroke pain, migraine and headache, facial pain, temporomandibular disorder pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain and knee pain ... These chapters would be of enormous value to anyone with a particular interest in those topics. The authors have made an enormous effort to prepare systematic reviews and are to be commended for the amount of work and consideration given to these individual chapters.
... In summary, the book is a useful introduction to epidemiological approaches in the management of pain and provides excellent resource material for the individual topics considered. It does not include all pain – no textbook ever could – but it is a worthy addition to the bookshelves of individuals studying pain and epidemiology.
International Journal of Epidemiology


There is no doubt that the authors have achieved a very full collation of present knowledge on pain and predisposing risk factors, which must be essential reading for any physician involved in the treatment of chronic painful conditions.
Epidemiological methods are described clearly, together with the shortcomings and difficulties that can be encountered. The importance of both preventive and clinical studies is stressed, being the very core of clinical epidemiology.
The chapter on psychological factors gives an excellent review of the various psychosocial factors that impact on the development of chronic pain, both causative and resultant ... Other conditions reviewed include [chronic post-surgical pain], central post-stroke pain, migraine and headache, facial pain, temporomandibular disorder pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain and knee pain ...
This book is an excellent text that reviews the problem of pain in society and for the individual, highlighting known pre-disposing risk factors, and the paucity of knowledge as to the real impact or lack of impact of medical and surgical treatment. All physicians, indeed health care workers, who deal with chronic painful conditions should read at least the general chapters, if not the entire book. It is well presented and thought provoking. 
British Journal of Anaesthesia

This monograph is another "must read" (for individuals) and "must have" (departments) from the IASP’s continuing production of first-class monographs on varied aspects of the progressive understanding of pain.
The book addresses the areas of how many people suffer from pain, what proportion receive adequate therapy and what should be done to further prevent and relieve pain.
Aspects of pain epidemiology, previously spread widely in many journals, have been assembled in this single volume in 19 chapters [dealing with general aspects of epidemiology, ideas about pain epidemiology, and] specific types of pain such as chronic pain in children, phantom limb pain and low back pain; a whole chapter is devoted to each specific type.
There is a gold mine of 2,000 references. Two percent of these are dated 1999-98; 20% are dated 1997-95. These recent publication dates of more than one-fifth of the references indicate the increased research activity into pain during the last few years.
This book is relevant not only to those involved directly with pain, but also hospital administrators and those involved with allocations of research funds. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

For decades, the treatment of pain in general and chronic pain in particular has been based on anecdote and conjecture. Now that the era of evidence-based medicine is firmly upon us, many clinicians would like to be able to base what they do on the available science. This book does a first-rate job of collecting and analyzing that information. The authorship is international and interdisciplinary. The chapters are organized in a way that makes intuitive sense to clinicians ... This core is enhanced by readable chapters on epidemiological basics, psychological factors and gender considerations. The references are comprehensive and up to date.
... this is an important piece of scholarship and at its very reasonable price, should find its way into the collection of pain medicine practitioners everywhere. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

This volume has no competitors and is a reference "must" for doctors and dentists treating patients with chronic pain as well as for epidemiologists dealing with chronic pain and musculoskeletal disease. The book is easy to read, insightful, and illustrative of how knowledge within a medical field should be conveyed in written form. Tidsskrift for Den norske lægeforening

Epidemiology is one of the critical sciences basic to an understanding of disease and illness. Studies of the epidemiology of pain are a relatively new phenomenon with many studies flawed to the point that meaningful extrapolations to the population at large are unable to be made. The [ ] contributors to this volume have succeeded in examining the currently available literature in a critical and thorough manner by applying the highest criteria for distinguishing major, high-quality studies from others. This valuable book is the first to have systematically compiled a wealth of statistical information regarding the epidemiology of pain. It is up to students to grasp this and apply it appropriately in clinical practice. South African Medical Journal

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