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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lori L. Popejoy, PhD, APRN, BC (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This book addresses care management issues specific to the care of chronically ill people throughout the life cycle and is in its fourth edition. At the end of each chapter, the authors describe relevant nursing diagnosis taxonomy.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer information about how chronic illness affects individuals and their families. It is not about the pathology associated with chronic illness, rather, its much broader purpose is to assist care providers in understanding how chronic illness alters the lives of clients and their families and to offer healthcare practitioners information on how to address the complex and multifaceted needs of individuals with chronic illness.
Audience: The book is written for nurses, but would be helpful to any healthcare professional who works with chronically ill people.
Features: It comprehensively discusses issues faced by chronically ill people, such as chronic pain, body image, stigmas associated with illness, education about illness, financial concerns, and death. It also covers specific topics related to the care of chronically ill children and the elderly.
Assessment: The authors covered this complex topic comprehensively. This would be an excellent source book for any healthcare practitioner who cares for individuals who are chronically ill.