Volume III Topic: Meanings of pain in vulnerable or special patient groups
Series Editor: Dr Simon van Rysewyk
The Meanings of Pain book series describes what pain means to people with pain, and how meaning changes pain – and people – over time.
The meaning of pain is a complex pattern linking human sensation, emotion, and cognition. Pain felt in the moment means threat or danger, which is experienced as distressing or unpleasant to the person with pain. If pain persists over time, it can lead to meanings of interruption, a concern for the long-term consequences of pain, and the burden of pain. These meanings can combine with existential meanings such as hopelessness or loneliness.
The Meanings of Pain book series offers the reader a vocabulary of language about pain and different ways of understanding meaning in the context of pain. An important aim of the series is to stimulate self-reflection in the reader on how to use this information in clinical and non-clinical settings. The book series is intended for people with pain, family members or caregivers of people with pain, clinicians, researchers, advocates, and policy makers.
Although chronic pain can affect anyone, there are some groups of people for whom particular clinical support and understanding is urgently needed. This applies to “vulnerable” or “special” groups of people and to the question of what pain means to them.
Volume III focuses on describing the meanings of pain in groups of “vulnerable” or “special” people, such as:
- Infants or children
- Older adults
- People with a physical or intellectual disability
- People with a brain injury
- People with mental illness or mental disorders
- Homeless people
- People in rural or remote communities
- People in multicultural communities
- Indigenous peoples
Invited chapter types
The editor Dr Simon van Rysewyk invites contributions for Volume III on the meanings of pain in vulnerable or special patient groups. The following manuscript types will be considered:
- Original Research (e.g., original clinical, translational, or theoretical research)
- Reviews (e.g., Systematic Reviews, Meta-analytic reviews, Cochrane type reviews, Pragmatic Reviews)
Authors interested in submitting a chapter for publication in Volume III are invited to submit a 350-word Abstract by Friday, March 13, 2020, which includes the name and contact information of the corresponding author, to:
Dr Simon van Rysewyk
“It is my opinion that this … work will stand as the definitive reference work in this field. I believe it will enrich the professional and personal lives of health care providers, researchers and people who have persistent pain and their family members. The combination of framework chapters with chapters devoted to analysing the lived experience of pain conditions gives the requisite breadth and depth to the subject.” – Dr Marc A. Russo, MBBS DA(UK) FANZCA FFPMANZCA, Newcastle, Australia, from the Foreword in Volume II