Long-Term Care Medicine: A Pocket Guide / Edition 1

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Long-Term Care Medicine: A Pocket Guide lessens the uncertainty involved in caring for patients in a long-term care facility. This practical pocket guide is divided into four sections: Introduction, Common Clinical Conditions, Psychosocial Aspects, and Special Issues in Long-Term Care. The chapters address all the varied components of the LTC system as well as how to take care of the patients and residents living within it. The contributors to this easy-to-read guide are passionate about LTC and many have worked within the American Medical Directors Association to create and disseminate a knowledge base for practitioners. Long-Term Care Medicine: A Pocket Guide is an invaluable resource for clinicians, practitioners, and educators who are seeking to optimize the care and living experience of residents in LTC by providing resident-centered care as well as resident choice, well-being, dignity, and an improved quality of life.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored book on the provision of medical care in long-term care facilities is part of the Current Clinical Practice series.
Purpose: Its purpose it to provide a compact, thorough guide to medical care in a variety of long-term care settings. These are indeed worthy objectives and the authors succeed handsomely in all regards.
Audience: The audience is practitioners and trainees of long-term care medicine. The authors are all experts in the field.
Features: The book is divided into 16 chapters that fall into four sections. The first section describes the different long-term care facilities — home care, assisted living, and nursing homes. It concludes with discussions of the roles of the attending physicians and medical directors at these facilities. The second section discusses common medical conditions of long-term care: chronic illnesses, acute change in conditions, preventive medicine, palliative care, wound care, and nutrition. The third part discusses psychosocial aspects of long-term care and includes chapters on dementia/delirium/depression, ethical and legal issues, an especially good chapter on caring for families. The fourth and final part discusses coding, medication management, and rehabilitation. Each chapter has a concluding section of clinical pearls followed by references.
Assessment: This is an excellent and very well-edited book. In the introduction the editors correctly state that long-term care medicine is challenging for even the most experienced clinicians and that the topics of long-term care medicine are seldom discussed. In this book, they are all brought to the light of day and given thorough and clear discussions. The transition between institutions, a growing area of interest, is well discussed. The approach to caring for the families of long-term care patients is particularly strong and filled with useful advice. The dedication to Lorraine Tarnove, executive director of the American Medical Directors Association, is well deserved. AMDA has transformed long-term care from being a backwater of medicine to a magnificent edifice on the hill. This book is the front porch light of that house.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607611417
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/31/2010
  • Series: Current Clinical Practice Series
  • Edition description: 2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 351
  • Sales rank: 440,475
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 - An Introduction to Long-Term Care
1. Home Care - Robert Salinas
2. Assisted Living and Residential Care – Daniel Haimowitz
3. Nursing Facilities – Richard G. Stefanacci
4. The Role of Practitioners and the Medical Director - Steven A. Levenson
Part 2 - Common Clinical Conditions in Long-Term Care
5. Common Clinical Conditions in Long-Term Care – Naushira Pandya
6. Acute Change in Condition – J. Kenneth Brubaker
7. Health Maintenance and Prevention – Ross H. Albert
8. Integrating Palliative Care into Practice – Peter Winn
9. Weight and Nutrition – Todd H. Goldberg and Joel A. Levien
10. Wound Care – Andrew Rosenzweig and Mary Lee
Part III - Psychosocial Aspects of Long-Term Care
11. Dementia, Delirium, and Depression – Deborah Way
12. Ethical and Legal Issues – David A. Smith and Randall D. Huss
13. Ethical and Legal Issues - David Brechtelsbauer
Part IV Special Issues in Long-Term Care
14. Documentation and Coding - Alva Baker and Leonard Gelman
15. Medication Management in Long-Term Care – Susan T. Marcolina and Keith Swanson
16. Rehabilitation and Maximizing Function –Thomas Lawrence

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