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.

Epidemiology of Chronic Pain

Epidemiology of Chronic Pain

Epidemiology of chronic pain

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of this chapter are to:

  • recognize the prevalence of types of chronic pain for population age groups
  • recognize the increased risk factors for chronic pain imposed by ageing
  • know that low back pain is a major problem and a public health problem for nurses
  • know the components of the biopsychosocial model and sensitivity of chronic pain


The descriptive epidemiology of chronic pain looks at the incidence, prevalence and patterns of chronic pain across different age groups, geographical locations and societies. Analytic epidemiology aims to identify most likely causes and risk factors for chronic pain in different age groups and geographical populations. As many sectors of the global population have increasing life expectancy, chronic pain, associated with syndromes common ...

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