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From The CriticsReviewer: Margaret A Holder, PhD, (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: This is a comprehensive guide to the intricacies of chronic illness and the often overwhelming impact on patients and families that a chronic illness has. It covers the sociological, psychological, ethical, and financial issues faced by all who are experiencing or caring for someone with a chronic illness. This eighth edition updates the 2010 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach about the whole patient versus the physical status of one experiencing chronic illness. This edition was written while the main author was actually living with the impact of a chronic illness in her own family. It contains insight that can only come from living with the illness. It is a reminder that no matter how much we know about an illness, we can never really know what it is like. This insight makes this edition all the more powerful and informative.
Audience: This book is written for anyone experiencing chronic illness, whether a healthcare practitioner, patient, or family member. It is an excellent guide and somewhat of a roadmap for those who face a long and possibly debilitating illness or disease. There is accompanying web access to interactive and engaging resources that students would find particularly useful.
Features: The book is divided into four major parts that cover the impact of the chronic disease itself and the impact on the patient and family, on the healthcare professional, and on the healthcare system. The final section is particularly innovative with a good discussion of topics such as long term and palliative care. These topics and the chapter case studies provide much-needed information for both students and practicing healthcare providers. The accompanying web access keeps information current.
Assessment: This is an outstanding guide that will give readers a good understanding and practical advice when experiencing a chronic illness or caring for someone with a chronic illness. It is one of the most comprehensive books on this subject, and this latest edition provides a new, personal perspective of an expert who is now living with the impact of chronic illness.