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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Debra L. Ciasulli, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book advocates a holistic treatment approach to patients with HIV/AIDS who are also suffering with either a previously diagnosed psychiatric illness, or a psychiatric illness as a consequence of HIV/AIDS.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate clinicians whose primary focus is psychiatric care in an effort to decrease transmission, suffering, morbidity, and mortality among patients with HIV/AIDS and to improve treatment adherence. The book poses that the best way to accomplish this is to integrate the psychiatric, medical, and social needs of patients with HIV/AIDS.
Audience: Practicing clinicians are the intended audience, including psychiatrists, internists, and social workers.
Features: The book begins with chapters focusing on the early history of HIV/AIDS, including the stigma associated with the diagnosis and the concept of AIDism, and then transitions into discussing the more current approach (biopsychosocial) to patients with HIV/AIDS. The book also addresses common problems faced by clinicians, in terms of integration of care and issues with compliance. The book concludes with a discussion of end-of-life care and common medicolegal issues encountered in this patient population. At the end of each chapter is a helpful list of references.
Assessment: I found the book to be useful, but it is a little bit long-winded and perhaps too simplistic. I was also a bit surprised to find some typos.