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Multiple Sclerosis: Psychosocial and Vocational
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This soft cover book contains a comprehensive overview of the social, emotional, cognitive, and vocational implications of multiple sclerosis. It is the work of a team of healthcare professionals who focus on the vast implications of multiple sclerosis on patients' quality of life and well-being.
The work begins with an excellent review of the medical implications of MS dividing symptoms into motor, emotional and psychological, and sensory. There is also discussion of the autonomic implications of the disease along with an emphasis on neuropsychological concerns. Subsequent chapters deal with cognitive changes related to MS, vocational implications and strategies to sustain employment, emotional reactions to multiple sclerosis (with an emphasis on depression), and effective interventions. The book ends with a treasure trove of resources: US Labor Standards, a self-assessment tool for employability, a listing of the chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), and a compendium of NMSS affiliated healthcare facilities for multiple sclerosis care.
This is an excellent resource for healthcare professionals who provide care for MS patients and their families. The writing style is "user friendly"; the book is interspersed with helpful questionnaires for self-assessment, information about testing, and a wealth of resource material. It is organized logically and the material is presented in a cohesive manner.
This reviewer found the section on psychosocial issues and vocational success particularly well-written. In addition, Appendix B contains a comprehensive self-assessment tool, "Work Experience Survey", (WES), that will be extremely helpful in assisting patients assess their work experience and evaluate future opportunities in the job market.
Multiple Sclerosis - Psychosocial and Vocational Interventions is an excellent book focusing on very important issues in multiple sclerosis. It sets a new standard for viewing chronic illness and disability with its emphasis on productivity, sustained function, and strategies for independent living. While the authors do not overlook the physical implications of the disease, they emphasize strengths and strategies instead of weakness and compromise.
This review recommends this book for its significant contribution to literature about multiple sclerosis. It provides a framework for wellness and empowerment both for the healthcare professional reader and for people affected by multiple sclerosis.
June Halper, MSCN, ANP, FAAN