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From The CriticsReviewer: Bette Keeling, PhD, RN, CNAA (Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center)
Description: This volume represents an overview of research conducted from 1980 to 1999 regarding selected chronic illnesses.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize the research findings related to the selected topics.
Audience: As chronic illnesses are a leading cause of often unreimbursed hospital readmissions, this volume is a rich resource for professionals involved in case management for specific diseases. The target audience is healthcare practitioners, but the volume is useful for researchers as well to identify gaps and trends in research.
Features: Research that has been reported on selected aspects of chronic illnesses, for specific timeframes, is reviewed and summarized. Many of the topics are currently being addressed by multiple organizations to reduce rehospitalizations or the overall costs of care with the added benefit of promoting health for patients with chronic illnesses. The focus is primarily outpatient in nature, but is important for management of the continuum of care.
Assessment: Nowhere else is there such a valuable and important summary of the current research regarding improving outcomes for patients with chronic illnesses. The editor and contributors share the information in such a way that motivates the reader to read all chapters and not just the chapter relevant to his or her interest.