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BOOK Clinical Essentials of Pain Management

by Robert J. Gatchel, Ph.D., ABPP.

8 Credit Hours - $109
Last revised: 04/27/2011

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pain_gatchel_book_200Clinical Essentials of Pain Management 


By Robert J. Gatchel, Ph.D.


Pages: 299

Publisher: APA Books

Publication Date: September 2004

Format: Hardcover

CE Hours: 8


Description from the Publisher


Clinical Essentials of Pain Management lays out an empirically documented program for treating patients experiencing acute and chronic pain, two of the most common symptoms in modern society. Going beyond traditional biomedical remedies, Robert Gatchel offers a comprehensive viewpoint that takes into consideration not only biological, but also psychological and social variables.


Clinical Essentials of Pain Management gives mental health practitioners guidance on how to assess and treat pain patients, including discussions of frequently used measurement tools, instruments for matching patients with the best treatment, the interaction of mental states and the experience of pain, and details about cognitive-behavior interventions. The author illustrates the assessment-treatment process in a number of evocative case examples and provides chapter appendices that feature everything from pain questionnaires to relaxation exercises that may be administered to clients. In addition, the author provides a look at the nuts and bolts of operating a successful pain clinic, with guidance on privacy and reimbursement issues as well as information on choosing pharmaceutical options when the level of pain requires more than psychological interventions.


This rich resource serves as an essential handbook for psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, and other caring professionals working in the field of pain management.



Table of Contents





I. The Conceptual Foundations of Pain Management


Historical Overview


The Biopsychosocial Approach to Pain Assessment and Management


Acute, Chronic, and Recurrent Pain Management


II. Assessing and Treating Pain


The Stepwise Approach to Pain Evaluation


The Step-Care Framework of Pain Treatment


The Assessment–Treatment Process: Putting It All Together


III. Special Issues


Motivation Issues




The Role of Palliative Care Methods in Pain Management


Reimbursement Issues in Pain Management


IV. The Future of Pain Management


Future Needs and Directions of Pain Management


Author Index


Subject Index



About the Author (from the publisher)


Robert J. Gatchel, PhD, received his BA in psychology, summa cum laude, in 1969, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and received his PhD in clinical psychology in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.  For the past 20 years, Dr. Gatchel has been the Elizabeth H. Penn Professor of Clinical Psychology and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Anesthesiology and Pain Management, and Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as the Program Director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management, all at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is now the chairman of the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington.


He has conducted extensive evidence-based clinical research, much of it supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is also the recipient of consecutive Research Scientist Development Awards from NIH. One of his major areas of clinical and research expertise involves the biopsychosocial approach to the etiology, assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic stress and pain behavior.


He has published more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters and has authored or edited 21 books, including Psychological Approaches to Pain Management: A Practitioner's Handbook, 2nd Edition (with D. Turk); Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders: Function, Outcomes and Evidence (with T. Mayer & P. Polatin); The Psychology of Spine Surgery (with A. Block, W. Deardorff, & R. Guyer); and Clinical Health Psychology and Primary Care: Practical Advice and Clinical Guidance for Successful Collaboration (with M. Oordt). Dr. Gatchel is also featured in the Assessment of Pain, which is part of the American Psychological Association (APA) Psychotherapy Videotape Series III, "Behavioral Health and Health Counseling" (2002).


Finally, Dr. Gatchel has received numerous awards and honors associated with his work in pain assessment and management, including the following: the Volvo Award for Low-Back Pain Research in 1986 from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (which is the preeminent international research society for the study of painful spinal disorders); a 1994 Research Award from the North American Spine Society (NASS); the Award for Significant Contributions to Health Psychology, APA Division 38, 1997; NASS's 2001 Henry Farfan Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Spine Care (the first psychologist to receive such an honor); the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, 2002; and the Award for Significant Contributions to the Field of Temporomandibular Joint and Occlusion Research, 2003. He is also a Visiting Scholar Program awardee, Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety and Health, Summer 2003, and has received the 2003 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science from the Texas Psychological Association and the 2004 Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research from APA.






Discuss the Biopsychosocial Model of Pain

List the Different Types of Pain Categories

Explain the Stepwise Approach to Pain Evaluation

Explain the Step-Care Framework of Pain Treatment

Explain the Philosophical Constructs of Palliative Care





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