Quality Of Life: From Nursing And Patient Perspectives / Edition 3

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Quality of Life: From Nursing and Patient Perspectives, Third Edition is a comprehensive text that offers a unique perspective on quality of life by reflecting the voices of patients and families receiving or having received care for cancer. It is an ideal reference for oncology nursing students and oncology nurses in a variety of settings, including inpatient units, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care centers, cancer centers, research centers, home care agencies, and hospices. Topics explore evolution of quality of life in oncology, theories and conceptual models, life methodological and measurement issues, clinical implications, cancer survivorship, and quality of life stories by patients and families. Completely updated and revised, this new edition contains two new research chapters and new material on chronic illness, measuring quality of life in different age groups, and patient perspectives.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Celeste Taylor-Ryman, BSN, CPON (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This book compiles numerous assessment tools to analyze the quality of life for patients with cancer, their families, and caregivers. It is well researched and has a section listing the different assessment tools.
Purpose: It is intended as a reference for nursing students and oncology nurses who work in a variety of settings — inpatient units, hospice, and research — for evaluating quality of life. Although these are worthy objectives, very little of the book focuses on tools to improve quality of life.
Audience: The target audience is healthcare professionals and students who are involved in oncological care. This is an academically-oriented book that gives great support to master's level nursing educators.
Features: This book presents a large number of assessment tools to evaluate quality of life for different types of oncology patients. The appendix has evaluations of quality of life tools that are specific to children, adults, and teens, bone marrow transplantation, etc. This is particularly helpful in assisting practitioners in evaluations. The shortcoming is that the book focuses primarily on evaluating tools and fails to foster creativity in assisting caregivers in developing tools to improve quality of life.
Assessment: This is a great book for a collection of assessment tools. The chapters on quality of life in Europe add more interest, detailing what other countries are doing.
Theresa M. Yannaco
This book represents an effort to present a comprehensive review of the factors related to the conceptualization, measurement, and application of quality of life research and its relevance for nurses in a variety of clinical oncology settings. Unique to this text is the inclusion of patient preferences and values in the conceptualization and measurement of quality of life. The overall purpose is to provide a reference on quality of life that reflects the voice of patients who are receiving or have received care for cancer and the attention of their nurses. Targeted for oncology nurses working in the outpatient clinic or office, at the bedside, and in advanced practice roles, this book will provide practitioners with a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse concepts and skill sets comprising quality of life research and its application to their clinical settings, This book is divided into six sections. The first two sections provide a comprehensive presentation on the evolution of quality of life in oncology inclusive of a discussion on the controversial issues and the current conceptual models related to quality of life in oncology nursing. The material presented in these two sections provides the foundation for the third section of this text, which is devoted to a presentation of the methodological and measurement issues related to the concepts of quality of life. In section four the importance of quality of life in clinical practice is discussed. Section five is a presentation of quality of life and survivorship issues with personal perspectives from patients and families. The text concludes with a section devoted to providing recommendations for the future of quality of lifein oncology nursing practice. Throughout this book, the presentation and format of the chapters is both consistent and well organized. An outstanding and unique feature is the conclusion of both a nursing and patient/family perspective of quality of life issues related to cancer experience. This is an excellent reference for the neophyte as well as the seasoned oncology nursing practitioner interested in learning more about the concepts, measurement, and research of quality of life issues. The clear and comprehensive presentation of each of the six sections is easy to follow and understand. This is a highly recommended addition to the library not only of the oncology nursing practitioner, but also of other healthcare professionals interested in learning more about quality of life in cancer care.
Provides a reference on quality of life (QOL) for oncology nurses in many settings. Section I overviews the evolution of QOL in oncology nursing, and Section II highlights theory development related to QOL. Section III focuses on research and measurement issues, and Section IV demonstrates the importance of quality of life in clinical practice. Section V offers perspectives from patients ad families, and Section VI provides recommendations for the future. Appendices offer QOL measurement tools. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763749439
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 570
  • Sales rank: 748,603
  • Product dimensions: 7.29 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Overview 1
Ch. 1 Evolution of Quality of Life in Oncology and Oncology Nursing 3
Ch. 2 Overview of Quality of Life and Controversial Issues 23
Sect. 2 Theory 35
Ch. 3 Theories and Conceptual Models to Guide Quality of Life Related Research 37
Ch. 4 Guidelines for Achieving Clarity of Concepts Related to Quality of Life 54
Ch. 5 Quality of Life and Culture 74
Ch. 6 Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with Cancer 93
Sect. 3 Research 115
Ch. 7 Quality of Life Methodological and Measurement Issues 117
Ch. 8 Quality of Life and Symptoms 140
Ch. 9 Quality of Life in Families Experiencing Cancer 157
Ch. 10 Quality of Life Issues in Breast Cancer: Concerns, Challenges, and Opportunities 176
Sect. 4 Practice 195
Ch. 11 Clinical Implications of Quality of Life 197
Ch. 12 Quality of Life Issues Related to Marrow Transplantation 204
Ch. 13 A European Perspective on Quality of Life of Marrow Transplantation Patients 231
Ch. 14 Fatigue and Quality of Life: A Question of Balance 255
Sect. 5 Patient Perspectives 285
Ch. 15 Cancer Survivorship: Quality for Life 287
Ch. 16 Quality of Life Stories by Patients and Families 301
A Journey through Cancer 301
Life's Presents 306
A Personal Perspective of Quality of Life 306
Oncology and Spirituality: A Spouse's Story 308
Sect. 6 Conclusion 311
Ch. 17 Nursing and Patient Perspectives on Quality of Life 313
App. 1 Definitions of Quality of Life 319
App. 2 Quality of Life Measurements 327
I Example of the Global Single Item Approach to Measuring Quality of Life 329
Quality of Life Visual Life Analogue Scale (VAS) 329
II Examples of Generic Measures of Quality of Life 331
The McCorkle and Young Symptom Distress Scale 331
Demands of Illness Inventory 335
Quality of Life Index 347
III Examples of Cancer-Specific Measures of Quality of Life (Single Measure Approach) 351
Quality of Life Index: Cancer Version 351
Quality of Life Scale: Bone Marrow Transplant 355
IV Example of Cancer-Specific Measure of Quality of Life (Battery Approach) 365
Quality of Life Components for Pediatric Oncology Group (POG) Protocols 365
V Example of Cancer-Specific Measure of Quality of Life (Modular Approach) 373
The Bush Bone Marrow Transplant Symptom Inventory 373
Index 381
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