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From The CriticsReviewer: Liza C Schwartz, MS, RD, LDN (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive guide for healthcare professionals who are involved in the nutrition-related care of HIV patients.
Purpose: The book provides detailed information for healthcare professionals to use in the administration of nutritional care to HIV patients. The author notes that there are many HIV/AIDS books, very few focus specifically on nutrition. This one provides in-depth coverage of various disease-specific nutritional issues.
Audience: Given its extremely detailed nature, the book is likely to be most useful to dietitians or other healthcare professionals who are directly involved in providing nutritional care to HIV patients. The editor notes that geographically speaking, the book focuses on U.K. practices, though it attempts to make information relevant at an international level. While much of the information is applicable at an international level, certain topics are not easily transferrable, such as those related to healthcare access and community resources.
Features: The book provides useful background information on the disease itself as well as its nutritional implications. It then delves into further detail on topics such as HIV-specific nutrition assessment and intervention, dietary management of disease symptoms and medication-related side effects, and provision of nutritional care to HIV patients with various comorbidities. Reference lists end each chapter. The book is not the most user-friendly in terms of organization. For example, in the symptom management section, there are multiple tables with symptom-specific diet/nutrition tips. While they provide good information, they would be much easier to reference if located in the appendix section (as opposed to in the body of the book).
Assessment: This book delivers comprehensive, evidenced-based information on the nutritional management of HIV patients. Given the great detail, it would best serve as a resource for dietitians who regularly care for HIV patients. Healthcare professionals in other disciplines (i.e., nurses), may find the information unnecessarily detailed for practical use. The American Dietetic Association's online Nutrition Care Manual is another resource that provides concise, easy-to-reference information on the nutritional management of HIV patients.