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ACP Book "Expert Guide to Pain Management" Released

Joins Expert Guide Titles Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Oncology, and Otolaryngology

(PHILADELPHIA -- (May 24, 2005) Chronic pain is highly prevalent and extraordinarily complex. Approximately one third of Americans experience frequent or persistent pain, which may or may not be associated with injury. A new book from the American College of Physicians, "Expert Guide to Pain Management," can help physicians integrate the best pain-management and assessment practices into patient care.

Topics include the pathophysiology of chronic pain, headache, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, pharmacological and injection-based therapies, motivating behavior change, complementary and alternative medicine, addiction, and disability management. Protecting your practice with proper documentation is covered in one chapter, as is handling a DEA investigation. An appendix is devoted to disability issues for a worker with low back pain.

"Pain Management" is edited by Bill McCarberg, MD, who is affiliated with the University of California, San Diego, and who founded the Kaiser Permanente Chronic Pain Management Program; and Steven D. Passik, PhD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The book's 21 contributors come from a variety of medical disciplines: anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, orthopedics, pharmacology, and physical rehabilitation.

"Pain Management"is available from the ACP Customer Service Department: phone 215-351-2600 (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET), or e-mail custserv@acponline.org. Browse online to view table of contents or to order. List price is $40.; ACP members pay $36.

"Pain Management" is the latest book in the ACP Expert Guides Series. The series aims to provide primary care physicians, subspecialists, and nurse practitioners with information and advice in a concise, practical format.

Other titles in the Expert Guides Series include "ACP Expert Guide to Rheumatology," edited by Arthur M.F. Yee, MD, PhD, and Stephen A. Paget, MD. The book discusses the general clinical approach to rheumatic diseases, then describes the major disorders under several groupings: erosive inflammatory arthropathies, collagen vascular diseases, vasculitides, infections, and degenerative diseases. The final sections consider common symptoms and comorbidities and summarize the latest findings in the pharmacological treatment of inflammatory rheumatic conditions. Problem-based approaches to diagnosis and management are emphasized throughout. Tables and figures abstract and illuminate the text, while case presentations provide instructive examples of everyday patients and situations in office practice. For a table of contents and ordering information on "Expert Guide to Rheumatology," browse online.

The American College of Physicians was founded in 1915 to promote the science and practice of medicine. In 1998 it merged with the American Society of Internal Medicine, which was established in 1956 to study economic aspects of medicine. ACP works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. Its publishing program includes the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, electronic products, and books for the medical community and general reader. For more information, visit ACP Online.

Contact:
Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655 E-mail lteer@acponline.org

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