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Life-threatening illness is not only a medical crisis; it is a psychological, social, and spiritual crisis as well. Also, serious illness affects not only the patient, but the patient's family. Therefore, the two major premises of this book are that care in life-threatening illness must be holistic, and it must be family centered.
Doka presents an insightful, comprehensive guide for counselors, social workers, and health care professionals, as they assist clients experiencing a serious illness. The book builds on a model developed by the author, based upon earlier work by Avery Weisman and E. M. Patterson.
Doka's model presents illness as a series of phases:
In his discussion of each phase, the author delineates specific tasks for patients to perform and the issues they must adapt to. He also presents strategies for counselors and health care professionals to use with individuals in each phase of illness.
Chapter 2 - Historical Perspectives on Illness
Chapter 3 - Reacting and Adapting to Illness
Chapter 4 - A Model of the Illness Experience
Chapter 5 - The Prediagnostic and Diagnostic Phases
Chapter 6 - The Chronic Phase
Chapter 7 - The Recovery Phase
Chapter 8 - The Terminal Phase
Chapter 9 - Illness and the Family
Chapter 10 - The Professional Caregiver
Posted February 6, 2010
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