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.