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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marlene S. Foreman, BSN, MN (Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.)
Description: This is the second edition of a comprehensive book on the care of patients with respiratory diseases and conditions that relates equally well to all points along the continuum of care, from patients just diagnosed with a disease to end of life care.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide to help professionals collaborate with patients in their care at all stages of respiratory disease. The editors intend this book to enhance the care of persons with respiratory problems, a lofty goal that this book accomplishes.
Audience: This broad-based book should be required for residents and practitioners in family medicine as well as respiratory specialties. It is a valuable resource for practitioners in cancer care, respiratory care, and end of life care. The editors have brought together a fine panel of knowledgeable contributors.
Features: The book covers a wide range of topics from physical symptoms and treatments to psychosocial, financial, and public health issues. Healthcare and evidence-based respiratory care have seen significant changes since the first edition in 2005, and now there is a serious focus on patient and family goals for care and collaboration with professionals to help achieve them. The book begins with an overview of respiratory physiology and palliative care, which sets the tone. It also discusses healthcare economics. The illustrations will help readers understand concepts and physiology and the scales will assist practitioners in providing expert respiratory care.
Assessment: As a nurse with over 45 years of experience, ranging from aide to BSN to MN and from hospital to nursing home to nurse educator and, now, as a hospice nurse of almost 21 years, I have read and reviewed many books. This one provides comprehensive, accurate, and useful information for the care of patients with respiratory diseases and conditions. It thoroughly discusses the physiology of disease progression and appropriate therapies, as well as inappropriate or minimally helpful treatments. The research-based information is valuable not only in patient care, but also in the education of students, residents, and practitioners in all fields of healthcare. This book stresses patient and family goal setting as well as the use of interdisciplinary healthcare teams to provide appropriate care to individuals with respiratory problems. This edition incorporates the many changes that have occurred over the past few years.