’This book is aimed at patients and caregivers but as a student nurse I found it particularly useful and believe it to be an excellent introduction to pain and its management for all healthcare professionals.’
Title: Understanding Pain
Authors: Naheed Ali and Moshe Lewis
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Reviewer: Allison Rosser, 3rd year adult nursing student at Swansea University
What was it like?
This book is an easy to understand yet in-depth look at all aspects of pain and it is aimed at patients and caregivers but also offers a valuable insight to all health professionals. The book has five different chapters examining every aspect of pain in a simple and straightforward way. It introduces the reader to the history of pain and discusses how pain theories have changed as our knowledge and understanding of pain has developed. It looks at the physiology and pathology of pain, the different causes and discusses the impact of pain on the sufferer and their family. It also identifies the roles of different Health Care Professionals in the management of pain and looks at pharmacological and natural approaches to its management.
It also provides useful links to relevant websites for further reading and research, which are accessible to everyone no matter what their background.
The book is well written and has something of interest for everyone from patient to health care professional.
What were the highlights?
I was particularly pleased to see the book addressed the impact of pain on mental health. This is often a neglected area when dealing with pain management as the focus mainly falls on the physical impact and how this can be managed whereas the authors of this book look at how focusing on mental health can have a positive impact on pain management.
I also enjoyed the sections on self help strategies for patients, offering nutritional information and exercise suggestions to aid with pain management. These sections empower patients to take control of their own treatments and give viable alternatives to the traditional pharmacological treatments.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This book is particularly well set out with clear and easy to understand terminology, it also includes a useful glossary of terms at the back of the book to explain any medical terminology used in the various chapters.
The only weakness I would suggest would be the fact the book is written by US authors so some of the treatments or medication may not be available in the UK.
Who should read it?
This book is aimed at patients and caregivers but as a student nurse I found it particularly useful and believe it to be an excellent introduction to pain and its management for all healthcare professionals.