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pain stethoscope:
A clinician’s guide to measuring pain
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Main description:

Second only to the common cold, pain is the most common reason for health care visits. It results in significant personal and social costs to individuals, and economic costs to society. Chronic pain has been estimated to cost more than 100 billion annually in the United States, and its estimated annual cost to European countries ranges from 1.1 to nearly 50 billion Euros (nearly 1.5 billion to over 60 billion dollars).
In order to treat pain, clinicians need to be able to assess pain and its effects on functioning. However, 100s, if not 1000s, of different measures of pain and pain-related domains exist. Surprisingly, despite the fact that much is known about the psychometrics strengths and weaknesses of existing measures, there does not yet exist a simple pain assessment guide that describes the most useful and psychometrically sound pain measures for health care providers. This book fills this need.


The author is a world-respected leader in the field 

The only book of its kind on the market 

The book will provide a very brief but clear description of state-of-the-art science pain assessment strategies that will make it easier to understand and effectively monitor and treat patients with pain 

The book provides all of the specific items for each measure described, as well as clear scoring instructions

Back cover:



1. Introduction.- 2. Measuring Pain Intensity.- 3. Measuring Pain Quality.- 4. Measuring Pain Location.- 5. Measuring pain behavior.- 6. Measuring pain interference.- 7. Measuring sleep quality.- 8. Measuring depression.- 9. Measuring general physical functioning.- 10. Measuring alcohol and drug use.- 11. Measuring global improvement and satisfaction with pain care.- 12. References.


ISBN-13: 9781908517432
Publisher: Springer (Springer Healthcare Ltd.)
Publication date: January, 2012
Pages: 63

Subcategories: Anaesthetics and Pain


Mark P. Jensen, PhD, is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, where he has been on faculty since 1990. Dr Jensen’s research program focuses on the development and evaluation of measures of pain, pain beliefs, and pain coping strategies, as well as on the development and evaluation of psychosocial pain interventions. He is the author or co-author of over 250 scientific articles and book chapters.