Lubkin's Chronic Illness: Impact and Intervention, 10th Edition

ISBN: 9781284128857
ISBN-10: 1284128857
Copyright: 2019
Edition: 10th
Author: Larsen, Pamala D.
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 85
Reviewer: Linda  Connelly,  PhD, MSH, ARNP, CNOR  (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Using a practice-based approach, this book covers not only the physical aspects of chronic illness, but also the important psychosocial issues that individuals with chronic illnesses and their families face on a daily basis. It is important to update this book as research results and public policies continually impact this area.
The purpose is to discuss the many factors that patients with chronic illness and their families deal with across the trajectory of the illness. Since chronic illness is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., this book can inform all levels of nursing practice about this costly epidemic. It covers the social, economic, and behavioral aspects of the illness.
The audience includes all levels of nursing practice from BSN to DNP. It can be used in nursing courses for all levels of nursing students and in nursing courses on palliative care, gerontology nursing, and patient-centered care. The authors have not only academic background but the personal experiences to be credible.
The best parts of this book are the vignettes and journal entries of patients and their caregivers talking about chronic illness, which brings the book to life. It presents a personalized approach featuring real-life stories and scenarios focused on the individual patient's experience with chronic illness. The journey of the author and her husband through cancer is chronicled throughout a number of chapters. The case studies and the updated evidence-based practice boxes are a great way to present pertinent information. The caregiver chapter gives nurses insights into the challenges of this role and the important psychosocial issues that patients and their families encounter on a daily basis. Other chapters cover complementary healthcare practices and theory, with the models of care and illness experience. Illustrations of models of care and the theories would enhance the book.
To my knowledge, this is the only book that covers the important psychosocial issues that individuals and families face. This area is covered in a minor way in medical-surgical books but to this extent. As the author points out, this book covers aspects of chronic illness that impact the patient's and families' live as much if not more than the specific disease and its management.
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