Heart Failure: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement: Oxford Specialist Handbooks in End of Life Care

Autor Miriam Johnson, Karen Hogg, James Beattie
en Limba Engleză Flexibound – 5 apr 2012
Excellent end of life care for people with heart failure is challenging but possible. Failure to address this aspect of care has serious consequences for patients, their families, clinicians and the use of health resources.Heart Failure: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement illustrates the complexity and importance of end of life care for patients with advanced heart failure.This book is a pocket reference for everyday use in the clinic, ward or home visit for all doctors, nurses and AHPs caring for people with advanced heart failure. It outlines the underlying pathophysiology of heart failure, summarises standard pharmacological and device therapy, and sets the context of the challenges resulting from an unpredictable course of disease. In easily digestible summaries, this book presents practical advice about how and when to integrate a palliative care approach alongside standard heart failure management, how to communicate honestly in the face of uncertainty, the rationalisation of medication and device therapies at the end of life, symptom control, care for the dying, and care after death.
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ISBN-13: 9780199299300
ISBN-10: 0199299307
Pagini: 240
Ilustrații: Black and white diagrams
Dimensiuni: 100 x 180 x 8 mm
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria Oxford Specialist Handbooks in End of Life Care

Locul publicării:Oxford, United Kingdom


This pocket-sized OUP Specialist Handbook provides a wealth of information about the supportive and palliative care of patients with heart failure. . . I was impressed by the amount of information, clearly set out in bullet-point lists, and by the Table of Contents and the system of headings which make that information accessible.
A comprehensive approach to the psychological and psychosocial needs of heart failure patients and their caregivers is unique and presented in easy-to-read summaries. This is a useful tool for any professional working with clients in heart failure.
This is a clearly structured and transparently written guidebook directed at medical, nursing and allied professional specialists in heart failure, a more general cardiology population and palliative care staff. It aims to guide the identification of advanced heart failure and advise on its holistic management.
Have the authors achieved their aim in producing of valuable practical 'pocket' reference? To me they have clearly succeeded in this, with a clear concise guide to the complexities of advanced heart failure, which should be a valuable resource to all those involved in the care of patients with this condition.