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Pelvic Pain Explained

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’This book aids the patient and clinician to give overview of pelvic pain symptoms, causes and treatment options.

Title: Pelvic Pain Explained

Authors: Stephanie A Prendergast and Elzabeth H Rummer

Publisher: Bowman and Littlefield Publishing Group

Reviewer: Jane Brown, Quality Governance Manager Specialised Clinical Services Division Worcester Acute NHS Trust

What was it like?

This book aids the patient and clinician to give overview of pelvic pain symptoms, causes and treatment options. For some patients this problem can really be misunderstood and medical knowledge can be lacking from the medical teams. This book gives good clear processes for patients and clinicians to follow.

What were the highlights?

The book is easy to read, written by experts and educators. The first sentence in the forward gives the patient confidence and reassurance” if you suffer with pelvic pain, you need to read this book” the hand of reassurance is there for the sufferer and partner. It also reassures the reader they are not alone (which sometimes feels like the case). 

There are interesting patient stories and their journeys, which are interesting and can aid the sufferer. This gives a personal feel to the book without it being too weighty on the medical aspects.

For nursing students who have no experience of this there is good chapters regarding anatomy and contributing factors for great understanding.

This is a well written book on a complex condition.

Strengths & weaknesses:

This book is for the patient so there is not a great deal of references or study aid at the end of each chapter for the practitioner or clinician. Nevertheless there is a good bibliography at the end of the book. The overarching strength for the sufferer is that there is so much hope in this book. Although this is written in the US, this book is just as apt for the sufferer and medical teams in the UK. The title extends the arm of help and advice to all involved with this condition, as it is titled “what everyone needs to know”.

The authors have helped numerous people with this problem so the reader knows this is based on experience and practice.

Overall I found no weaknesses in this book.

Who should read it?

The patient, medical and nursing (whatever stage in their career) and medical teams (particularly useful when looking at individual cases).

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