E. Richard Blonsky, MD
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Blonsky ER. Pain Management for Primary Care Clinicians. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141:652. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-141-8-200410190-00027
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(8):652.
Lipman AG, ed. 372 pages. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; 2004. $70.00. ISBN: 1585281026. Order at http://www.ashp.org.
Field of medicine: Pain management.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Primary care physicians, house officers in primary care specialties, and any specialist seeking to understand the pharmacologic, psychological, and rehabilitative approaches to treating pain.
Purpose: To provide information needed to identify, assess, and manage the most common types of pain in the primary care setting.
Content: The book has 22 chapters, extensive references, and 2 appendixes. There is a succinct comprehensive review of the neurophysiology of pain transmission and modulation. Chapters on management of acute and malignant pain present “cookbook” descriptions of opioid analgesics, routes of administration, doses, and adverse effects. The book also reviews nonopioid analgesics. Chapters address pediatric and geriatric populations, patients with headache, and patients with arthritis. Legal concerns, such as the perceived (generally unwarranted) risks of prescribing opioids and the danger of failing to appropriately prescribe for pain, are discussed. The final chapter coaches the reader in the proper evaluation of statistics in clinical studies of pain management.
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