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(p. 608) Chronic Pain in Adults 

(p. 608) Chronic Pain in Adults
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(p. 608) Chronic Pain in Adults
Author(s):

Thomas Hadjistavropoulos

, Natasha L. Gallant

, and Michelle M. Gagnon

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190492243.003.0027
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date: 22 August 2019

Pain is widely regarded as a psychological experience that incorporates both physical and emotional components. It is well-documented that pain can be influenced by social, psychological as well as biological factors. The chapter focuses on the assessment of pain in adults. It begins with a discussion of pain and its communication followed by a review of clinical assessment instruments designed to inform (a) diagnosis, (b) case conceptualization and treatment planning, and (c) treatment monitoring and evaluation. Recommendations for the selection of specific instruments are also included.

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