Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Chronic Pain Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Chronic Pain Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health

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Chronic Pain Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health. Edited by P Croft, FM Blyth and Danielle van der Windt. Published by Oxford University Press, UK, 2010. Hardback 365pp. Price £49.95. ISBN978- 0-19-923576-6

Pain is the most common symptom in medicine. Clinicians investigate it almost always as a symptom of a disease. Acute pain is a clinical emergency and it is dealt with immediately. This book is different in that the authors consider the idea that "Chronic Pain" is a condition for itself. It can be studied in populations and assessed as a public health problem, using concepts and ideas from classical epidemiology.

Whatever we do in life there is a price to pay. As there is a general trend towards an aging population, especially in western countries, chronic pain has become a major cause of distress, disability and work loss. It is becoming increasingly common for patients to continue to live long with painful illnesses or diseases due to improvements in health care. In the past, these conditions would have been terminal. This new reality impacts dramatically upon society, national budgets and healthcare systems worldwide. …

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