Heart Failure: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement

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Excellent end of life care for people with heart failure is challenging but possible. Failure to address this aspect of care has serious consequences for patients, their families, clinicians and the use of health resources. Heart Failure: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement illustrates the complexity and importance of end of life care for patients with advanced heart failure. This book is a pocket reference for everyday use in the clinic, ward or home visit for all doctors, nurses and AHPs caring for people with...

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Heart Failure: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement

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Overview

Excellent end of life care for people with heart failure is challenging but possible. Failure to address this aspect of care has serious consequences for patients, their families, clinicians and the use of health resources. Heart Failure: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement illustrates the complexity and importance of end of life care for patients with advanced heart failure. This book is a pocket reference for everyday use in the clinic, ward or home visit for all doctors, nurses and AHPs caring for people with advanced heart failure. It outlines the underlying pathophysiology of heart failure, summarises standard pharmacological and device therapy, and sets the context of the challenges resulting from an unpredictable course of disease. In easily digestible summaries, this book presents practical advice about how and when to integrate a palliative care approach alongside standard heart failure management, how to communicate honestly in the face of uncertainty, the rationalisation of medication and device therapies at the end of life, symptom control, care for the dying, and care after death.

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Reviewer: Deborah A Spoerner, MSN, RN, CPNP (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: This pocket guide describes the pathophysiology of heart failure, its management, and factors contributing to the variability of the disease. A comprehensive approach to the psychological and psychosocial needs of heart failure patients and their caregivers is presented in easy-to-read summaries.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the supportive and palliative care needs of patients in heart failure. This book is needed because heart failure is a major public health problem which is escalating due to the aging population.
Audience: Although the authors do not identify a target audience, the book is appropriate for students, residents, practitioners, nurses, social workers, and physicians working with clients in heart failure.
Features: Early chapters focus on the identification, pathophysiology, and management of heart failure. The book goes on to address the palliative care needs of client and caregiver. Included are chapters on communication, advanced planning, and spiritual and religious care. A comprehensive approach to the psychological and psychosocial needs of heart failure patients and their caregivers is unique and presented in easy-to-read summaries.
Assessment: This is a useful tool for any professional working with clients in heart failure. The sections on advanced care planning, pain management, and the care of the dying present practical advice and offer insights for management of these patients.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199299300
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/18/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 3.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The challenge of patients with heart failure: barriers in accessing supportive and palliative care
2. The physiology of patients with heart failure: the origin of symptoms and rationale for treatment
3. Prognostication and disease trajectory
4. Communication in heart failure
5. Diagnosing end stage heart disease
6. Integrating supportive and palliative care
7. Optimising management in end stage heart failure
8. Advance care planning
9. Management of pain
10. Symptoms other than pain
11. Psychological and psychosocial aspects of heart failure
12. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and device therapy at the end of life
13. Care of the dying
14. Spiritualty and religious care
15. Supporting carers

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