Tuesday, November 09, 2010

International Association for the Study of Pain | Low-Resource Guide

Guide to Pain Management in Low-Resource Settings is intended to support health care providers in low-resource settings. Chapters were written by a multidisciplinary and multinational team of authors. Practitioners in settings with limited resources will benefit from easy-to-read information about simple and cost-effective approaches that can provide maximum effects in managing pain in their patients.

Topics range from the physiology and psychology of pain and principles of palliative care to management of patients with specific pain problems including various types of cancer, AIDS, sickle cell anemia, neuropathic pain, back pain, and visceral pain. Case reports provide illustrations of typical cases in the low-resource (often rural) setting in developing countries.

World-renowned experts provide chapters on setting up a pain management program, accessing resources for ensuring opioid availability, and setting up guidelines for local requirements. Authors with extensive clinical experience consider the integration of traditional medicines, modern pharmacotherapy (with consideration of the most cost-effective and readily available options), and techniques such as nerve blocks and radiation therapy.


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