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 Neuropsychophysiology of Pain

The Neuropsychophysiology of Pain

The neuropsychophysiology of pain

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this chapter are to:

  • understand the mechanisms of pain information transfer from the periphery to the central nervous system
  • be aware of how the progress of pain theories from linear to more complex systems models revolutionized pain treatments and patient care
  • recognize that the complex systems models of pain include the two-way transfer of information and that socio-cultural factors impact on pain experience
  • recognize the link between the biopsychosocial model of pain and the neuropsychophysiology of pain


This chapter assumes knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, particularly the neuron and synapse, processes involved in completing an action potential, and the function of neurotransmitters. It outlines the structures and processes of how pain information ...

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