Sixteen years ago, psychologist Michael Lewandowski devised a series of questions for patients suffering from chronic pain that identifies specific factors that aggravate and perpetuate pain. Those questions became the "Behavioral Assessment of Pain Questionnaire", which is now used throughout the world in the treatment of chronic pain. By using this questionnaire, doctors are able to customise pain-management programs to the specific needs of individuals. Now Lewandowski brings this powerful set of tools to readers in a unique self-care format. This book offers readers great control over their own pain-management process through monitoring, self-awareness and empowerment. Evaluations help readers assess their levels of physical and emotional pain, sleep habits and general ability to function throughout the day. The book offers a range of advice for maintaining a high quality of life while experiencing pain, both by identifying important life goals and by finding ways to increase self-reliance. 224 pp.
Michael J. Lewandowski, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical health psychologist and is president of Pain Assessment Resources. He has extensive training and experience in the application of psychological principles to problems in medicine. Since completing his Ph.D. in 1990, he has worked exclusively with individuals suffering from chronic medical conditions. Lewandowski has conducted, presented and published original scientific research in the area of chronic pain and has presented at national pain conferences throughout the world.