Description: This excellent guide for patients and healthcare professionals provides a realistic approach to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), answering the most commonly asked questions by patients. The author has provided clear answers to the 100 common questions. The foreword by Susie Bowers states "COPD is not a death sentence" and goes on to detail the usefulness of the book.
Purpose: The book is written for patients and families. It certainly meets the objective of giving practical solutions to patients' queries, including such details as precaution during travel, how to avoid hospitalizations, cost effectiveness of different available treatment options, and a lot more.
Audience: This is an invaluable resource written by a physician for patients and their caregivers. The author has achieved the objective and more since this is great companion that will help physicians understand and be resourceful in answering questions from patients and family members. The author has a good understanding of the disease process and insight into what patients and caregivers often ask about the illness.
Features: COPD is a very common disease and this book covers important topics not only regarding the disease, but also related to oxygen supplies, smoking cessation, psychological issues, pulmonary rehabilitation, and nutrition. It can serve very well as a reference for answers for immediately important questions. The book is written in easy to understand language, with sidebars explaining terminology in simple words. It also includes a list of valuable resources and websites. The chapters dedicated to oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, and nutritional support are a superb guide for patients, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation personnel, and physicians.
Assessment: This easy to read book dealing with complex issues in COPD is a must read book for healthcare professionals dealing with patients with the disease. It's definitely a highly recommended book for patients and family, offering helpful guidance and advice they need with this disabling condition.