Pain is a challenging area to understand for any healthcare professional, and quality training on the subject is required if nurses are to provide effective pain management and person-centred care. Based on the curriculum developed by the International Association for the Study of Pain, this book offers an essential guide to managing pain. It begins with an examination of the biology of pain, and then goes on to consider pain management across the lifecourse, looking at key topics including acute pain, cancer pain and pharmacology. Case scenarios are included throughout the book to help readers apply the knowledge they have learned to their own practice.It will be valuable reading for undergraduate nurses, and essential for those taking continuing professional development and postgraduate courses in pain management.

The Biopsychosocial Model of Pain: Rehumanizing Care

The Biopsychosocial Model of Pain: Rehumanizing Care

The biopsychosocial model of pain: Rehumanizing care

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this chapter are to:

  • recognize the application of systems theory to biopsychosocial patient care
  • be aware of the different types of pain and their implications for quality of life
  • appreciate the contribution of literature to cultural awareness of pain and suffering
  • understand the subjective experience of pain as a computational neural and mental event


This chapter explores the application of systems theory and the biopsychosocial model to the care of the person in pain, as well as the impact of pain and suffering on the person's quality of life and how this is depicted in the classic and clinical literature. The chapter will lead towards understanding pain as a composite of ...

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