Lubkin's Chronic Illness: Impact and Intervention, 9th Edition

ISBN: 9781284049008
ISBN-10: 1284049000
Copyright: 2016
Edition: 9th
Editor: Larsen, Pamala D.
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 90
Reviewer: Patricia Kincade,  BSN  (MU Sinclair School of Nursing)
This book provides a comprehensive look at the various aspects of chronic illness and the numerous ways that chronic illness influences both patients and their families. It provides a firsthand look at the sociological, psychological, ethical, and financial factors that patients, their families, and caregivers may experience throughout the illness. This edition is available in both hardcover and digital formats, and includes access to mobile-ready course material including an ebook with interactive tools, study center, assessments, and analytics. The previous edition was published in 2011.
The purpose is to explore the impact chronic illness has on the patient, family and caregiver, while providing interventions, outcomes, and resources to assist readers in viewing the patient holistically instead of focusing care on the physical condition caused by the chronic illness. The inclusion of the author's vignettes of her own experience with chronic illness and the impact on her family are informative and insightful.
Although written primarily for healthcare professionals, the book would be an excellent reference for anyone either experiencing chronic illness or caring for someone who is. The inclusion of Internet resources, references, online course material, and educational tools will engage students in an interactive learning process.
The book is divided into two main parts. Part I covers the many ways disease may impact the patient and family, such as quality of life, spirituality, and culture. Part II discusses how pertinent parts of the healthcare system can contribute to, and therefore impact, a patient with a chronic disease, as well as their family and caregivers. A unique feature is the addition of the author's poignant, firsthand experience as a caregiver and family member of someone with a chronic illness.
The distinctive approach to chronic illness not only addresses the physical aspects, but also the psychosocial issues that affect individuals, their families, and caregivers, making this an essential resource for students and healthcare providers. This ninth edition has been reorganized into two main sections, includes new case studies, incorporates technology new to healthcare, and includes an updated approach to the chapter on sexuality.
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