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|Book Review: Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, 3rd Ed|
Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, Third Edition
June Halper, MSN, RN, FAAN; Nancy Holland, EdD, RN
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Table of Contents:
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
PART II: MANAGING THE DISEASE AND ITS SYMPTOMS AND PROMOTING HEALTHY COPING
PART III: IMPROVING OUTCOMES
PART IV: TARGETED RESOURCES
Appendix A. Managing Resources Nancy Clayton Reitman
June Halper and Nancy Holland formulated the 3rd edition of Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis according to the Morgante conceptual framework of hope. Thus, the information focus is on wellness rather than illness, culturally competent and comprehensive care, appropriate utilization of resources, and on physical as well as emotional wellbeing. The ultimate goal is to empower the person living with the disease, the carepartners of that person, and the nurse involved in the care.
The text is organized in a logical manner, beginning with the epidemiology of MS, and following with chapters addressing the concept of hopeful care, patient and family education, cultural competence, and management of the most common symptoms and psychosocial problems faced by people living with MS. Each chapter is written by renowned and respected MS clinicians with expertise in the chapter’s subject. Perhaps most beneficial to the reality of patient care is the initial presentation of subject matter via case study. Authors describe subject matter, follow with relevant interventions, and end with resolution of the case study using the information presented. Additionally, chapters present information that can be useful across disciplines. The clinician reading the chapter thus gleans information not only about nursing care, but also about rehabilitation, social work, and psychological resources.
Important updates to this edition also include advancements in technology, such as patient access to and use of the Internet and its affect on plans of care; new symptomatic medications; pediatric MS; and the implications of newer disease modifying treatments. This text is well referenced with current, peer-reviewed literature. Detailed discussions regarding new developments in MS research are presented with references to studies in the literature and their implications for clinical practice. There are two appendices, the first providing informational resources according to subject matter, and the second providing dosage information regarding symptomatic medications organized according to symptom.
The targeted audience of this compendium is the MS nurse, however, the scope of this text makes it worthwhile for nurses, rehabilitation and behavioral professionals, and the physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner new to the MS field. As Halper, Holland, and the chapter authors remind the reader throughout the text, it is the coordinated and comprehensive care of Multiple Sclerosis that leads to a successful outcome. Providers from all disciplines should be aware of the scope of practice of their colleagues, and this content would be a worthwhile read for those outside of the nursing profession. As new symptomatic and disease modifying treatments for MS come to our hands more quickly, easy-to-read and well-referenced works such as Comprehensive Care in Multiple Sclerosis are invaluable for providers who strive to keep as current as possible in their provision of care.
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