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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen M Woodruff, DNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: The authors clearly describe the impact and magnitude of chronic illnesses on the U.S. population in this book. Nurses are identified as the appropriate care providers to assist patients in managing these complex illnesses. This is a revision and update of the 2006 edition.
Purpose: This is intended as a resource for nurses caring for patients with chronic illnesses. The information encompasses the needs of not only the patient but also the patient's family. The focus is on the illness experience as opposed to the disease process. The authors do an excellent job of accomplishing their objectives.
Audience: This book is appropriate for novice to experienced nurses. It is an excellent resource for all specialties, since chronic illnesses are seen universally. In addition, it is a wonderful resource for nursing students. The authors are experts in this area of nursing and are dedicated to improving patient care.
Features: The book is divided into four major topic areas: the impact of the disease, the impact on the client and family, the impact of the health professional, and the impact of the system. Clear, up-to-date information is provided not just on the diseases, but specifically on the perceptions and experiences noted by patients, caregivers, and families.
Assessment: This unique book is a wonderful addition to the field of nursing. It complements the disease-focused books by providing the illness experience. Nurses will find this a beneficial resource to add to their library. The current edition is essential, ensuring as it does that the information is up to date.