A collection of invited chapters focussing on the topics relating to cost-effective pain management. The emphasis now is on demonstrating the effectiveness of treatment and patient management through the measurement of treatment outcomes. This book aims to provide both researchers and clinicians with the tools to make the most appropriate treatment choice for each patient and to assess the effectiveness of its implementation in relation to pain management.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction - health related quality of life. Outcomes - terms and definitions. Clinimetrics - what and how to measure. Issues in study design outcomes. Qualitative research. Side effects and number treated to harm. Placebo effects in pain trials. Measuring patient preferences. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses, Cochrane "good study" standards. The practice of evidence based medicine in the information age. Pharmacoeconomics. FDA initiative - revamping trials and outcomes. IMMPACT. WHO and pain. ICF - core pain set. Pain assessment. Mental Health Outcomes research. Function and outcome assessment. Occupational health and disability. Outcomes measurement in acute pain. Outcomes measurement in cancer pain. Pallieative care outcomes. Arthritis pain, outcomes and evidence. Complex regional pain syndrome and mesurement instruments. Pediatrics and pain outcomes. Pain in the elderly. Headache and facial pain. Primary care outcomes. Appendices: major pain questionnaires. References to lesser known questionnaires.