Integrating Conventional & Alternative Therapies: Holistic Care for Chronic Conditions / Edition 1

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Your patients hear about alternative therapies for chronic conditions from a wide range of sources - some reputable and some not. Here's your opportunity to become well-informed on a variety of therapies, helping your patients take charge of their own care and outcomes, and enhancing their overall quality of life.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Patients hear about alternative therapies for chronic conditions from a wide range of sources:some reputable and some not. This book provides nurses and general practioners the opportunity to become well-informed on a variety of therapies, helping patients take charge of their own care and outcomes, and enhancing their overall quality of life.

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Reviewer: Patricia Blagman, EdD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This book describes a variety of alternative/complementary therapies for a variety of chronic conditions, and suggests conventional and complementary interventions. Each chapter (organized by health pattern disturbances) contains key information (basic nutrients, sleep cycles, disease symptoms, etc.) in easy to read boxes.
Purpose: The author wishes to supplement clinicians' existing knowledge of treatment of chronic conditions by integrating conventional with complementary therapies to enhance holistic practice. The objective is to enable clinicians to commit to holistic care — a noble objective. The book contains a wealth of information. Whether practitioners will use it is another story.
Audience: The author addresses "clinicians" but does not clarify further. It is written from a nursing framework, describes nursing theories which underpin holistic chronic care, and includes the American Holistic Nurses Association Standards of Practice Core Values. I think it will be useful for nursing students as well as those in practice who work with the chronically ill. The author, a nurse with a Ph.D. and ND, has published previously.
Features: An early chapter is devoted to an overview of the major complementary therapies. Each chapter that includes a discussion of a health pattern disturbance begins with an overall assessment of the pattern. This is followed by a description of diseases within that pattern with goals and a list of interventions, conventional and complementary. A listing of national resource centers with each condition is very helpful. Many of the complementary suggestions are referenced. Specific nutritional and herbal supplements are suggested. What is most innovative is the integration of suggested conventional and complementary therapies.
Assessment: This book is chock full of useful information for nurses and students as well as others who care for the chronically ill. A recent work by the Aspen Reference Group, Holistic Health Promotion and Complementary Therapies: A Resource for Integrated Practice (Aspen, 1998), contains more in-depth information on specific complementary practices, but less application for specific clients. Particularly helpful are the easy to read boxes full of pertinet information.
Patricia Blagman
This book describes a variety ofalternative/complementary therapies for a variety of chronicconditions, and suggests conventional and complementary interventions. Each chapter (organized by health pattern disturbances) contains keyinformation (basic nutrients, sleep cycles, disease symptoms, etc.) ineasy to read boxes. The author wishes to supplement clinicians'existing knowledge of treatment of chronic conditions by integratingconventional with complementary therapies to enhance holistic practice. The objective is to enable clinicians to commit to holistic care -- anoble objective. The book contains a wealth of information. Whetherpractitioners will use it is another story. The author addresses""clinicians"" but does not clarify further. It is written from anursing framework, describes nursing theories which underpin holisticchronic care, and includes the American Holistic Nurses AssociationStandards of Practice Core Values. I think it will be useful fornursing students as well as those in practice who work with thechronically ill. The author, a nurse with a Ph.D. and ND, haspublished previously. An early chapter is devoted to an overview ofthe major complementary therapies. Each chapter that includes adiscussion of a health pattern disturbance begins with an overallassessment of the pattern. This is followed by a description ofdiseases within that pattern with goals and a list of interventions,conventional and complementary. A listing of national resource centerswith each condition is very helpful. Many of the complementarysuggestions are referenced. Specific nutritional and herbalsupplements are suggested. What is most innovative is the integrationof suggested conventionaland complementary therapies. This book ischock full of useful information for nurses and students as well asothers who care for the chronically ill. A recent work by the AspenReference Group, Holistic Health Promotion andComplementary Therapies: A Resource for IntegratedPractice (Aspen, 1998), contains more in-depth informationon specific complementary practices, but less application for specificclients. Particularly helpful are the easy to read boxes full ofpertinet information.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815127932
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 9.12 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS · Care of the Chronically Ill · Holistic Nursing of the Chronically Ill · Chronicity and the Family · Maximizing Conventional Care · Using Alternative Therapies to Enhance Conventional Treatments · PART II MESHING CONVENTIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS · Health Perception-Health Management · Nutritional-Metabolic · Elimination · Activity-Exercise · Sleep-Rest · Cognitive-Perceptual · Self-Perception - Self-Concept · Role-Relationship · Sexuality-Reproductive · Coping-Stress Tolerance · Value-Belief

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