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Chronic Pain Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health

Peter Croft, Fiona M. Blyth, and Danielle van der Windt

Abstract

Chronic pain is a major cause of distress, disability, and work loss, and it is becoming increasingly prevalent through the general move towards an ageing population, which impacts dramatically upon society and health care systems worldwide. Due to improvements in health care, it is becoming more common for patients to continue living with long-term illness or disease (rather than these being terminal). Yet little attention has been paid to chronic pain as a public health problem or to the potential for its prevention, even though it can be studied and assessed using concepts and ideas from cl ... More

Keywords: chronic pain, ageing population, health care, long-term illness, prevention, methodological issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199235766
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235766.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Croft, editor
Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Arthritis Research Campaign National Primary Care Centre, Keele University, UK
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Fiona M. Blyth, editor
Head of Pain Epidemiology, University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, Australia

Danielle van der Windt, editor
Professor in Primary Care Epidemiology, Arthritis Research Campaign National Primary Care Centre, Keele University, UK

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Section 1 Basic ideas

Chapter 1 Chronic pain as a topic for epidemiology and public health

Peter Croft, Fiona M. Blyth, and Danielle van der Windt

Chapter 2 The global occurrence of chronic pain: an introduction

Peter Croft, Fiona M. Blyth, and Danielle van der Windt

Section 2 Definition and measurement of chronic pain for population studies

Chapter 4 Introduction

Peter Croft, Kate Dunn, Fiona M. Blyth, and Danielle van der Windt

Chapter 7 Number of pain sites – a simple measure of population risk?

Bård Natvig, Camilla Ihlebæk, Yusman Kamaleri, and Dag Bruusgaard

Section 3 Mechanisms

Chapter 9 The biological response to stress and chronic pain

Anthony K.P. Jones, John McBeth, and Andrea Power

Section 4 Common pain syndromes

Chapter 11 Introduction

Peter Croft, Fiona M. Blyth, and Danielle var der Windt

Chapter 13 Headache

Helen Boardman

Chapter 14 Pain in children

Gareth T. Jones and Adriana Paola Botello

Section 5 Pain and disease

Chapter 18 Neuropathic pain

Blair H. Smith and Nicola Torrance

Chapter 21 Cancer and chronic pain

Fiona M. Blyth and Frances Boyle

Section 6 Public health and chronic pain

Chapter 22 Introduction to chronic pain as a public health problem

Fiona M. Blyth, Danielle van der Windt, and Peter Croft

Chapter 24 The potential for prevention: occupation

Gwenllian Wynne-Jones and Chris J. Main

Chapter 26 The potential for prevention: overview

Peter Croft, Danielle van der Windt, Helen Boardman, and Fiona M. Blyth

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