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From The CriticsReviewer: Terri E Kiernan, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This book discusses and illustrates the journey a stroke-afflicted patient undergoes. Using statistics and evidence-based practice, it covers stroke prevention through long-term support for stroke survivors and caregivers.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer a summary of the many aspects of stroke care that the patient experiences. This is a worthy objective as it can help general practitioners who do not care for stroke patients regularly to guide their patients through the continuum of care.
Audience: It is written for generalist physicians, stroke survivors, and their families. It also would be helpful to all members of the multidisciplinary team who care for the stroke patient, as it offers a helpful overview that touches on each aspect of care, from the emergency room through to long-term care.
Features: Tables, graphs, diagrams, and pictures help to illustrate etiology, secondary prevention, hospital course, and survivor support postrehabilitation. This is an easy read that will help caregivers and professionals alike. Although the perspective is that of the U.K., a great deal of the information is universal.
Assessment: This is a great addition to the stroke literature. What sets it apart is the concise manner in which each chapter is written to assist the multidisciplinary team member, the caregiver, or survivor.