Biobehavioral Approaches to Pain

  • Editors
  • Rhonda J. Moore

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Lance M. McCracken, Kevin E. Vowles
    Pages 1-16
  3. Elie D. Al-Chaer
    Pages 17-43
  4. Alex J. MacGregor, Caroline M. Reavley
    Pages 45-64
  5. Antonella Pollo, Fabrizio Benedetti
    Pages 65-84
  6. Howard M. Spiro
    Pages 85-93
  7. Edmund Keogh
    Pages 125-148
  8. Giovanni Cucchiaro
    Pages 149-194
  9. Bill McCarberg, B. Eliot Cole
    Pages 195-218
  10. Aram Dobalian, Jennie C. I. Tsao, Lonnie K. Zeltzer
    Pages 285-319
  11. Sydney Dy
    Pages 321-335
  12. Jan H. B. Geertzen, Pieter U. Dijkstra
    Pages 337-361
  13. Howard A. Heit, Arthur G. Lipman
    Pages 363-380
  14. Catherine M. Stoney, Dawn Wallerstedt, Jamie M. Stagl, Patrick Mansky
    Pages 381-408
  15. Dagfin Matre, Tuan Diep Tran
    Pages 409-446
  16. Michele Sterling
    Pages 447-471
  17. William R. Lariviere, Doris K. Cope
    Pages 473-491
  18. James Hallenbeck, Shana McDaniel
    Pages 493-513
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 529-568

About this book


Biobehavioral Approaches in Pain

Edited by Rhonda J. Moore, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland


Pain is a common symptom, yet it is frequently underevaluated and undertreated. It is difficult to define, describe—and sometimes to prove. It’s pain, and suspicions of exaggerations often add further insult to a patients’ injuries. Biobehavioral Approaches to Pain translates this highly subjective experience—and its physical, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions—into practical insights key to transforming the field of pain management.

This pathbreaking volume synthesizes a rich knowledge base from across disciplines, including neurobiologic, genetic, biobehavioral, clinical, narrative, substance abuse, health services,ethical and policy perspectives, for a deeper understanding of the impact of pain on individual lives and the larger society. Its international panel of contributors highlights special issues and review best practice guidelines, from placebo effects to cancer, Whiplash Associated Disorders to pain imaging to complementary medicine, phantom limb pain to gene therapies to AIDS. Among the topics covered:

  • The distinction between acute and chronic pain: is it clinically useful?
  • Improving clinical assessment of patients with pain.
  • Age and sex differences in pain.
  • The what, how and why of the placebo and nocebo effect
  • Psychosocial and partner-assisted biopsychosocial interventions for disease-related pain
  • Substance abuse issues in pain treatment.
  • The personal, social and economic costs of chronic pain.

Biobehavioral Approaches to Pain offers clinical and health professionals, psychologists, as well as specialists in pain management or palliative care, new directions in their ongoing dialogue with patients. Given the prevalence of pain in the general population, it should also interest researchers and students in the field of public health.


Pain Medication Pain Research Pain management Primary care Public Health School of Public Health Supportive Mobility assessment rehabilitation therapy

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-78322-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-78323-9
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