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Advanced Concepts in Multiple Sclerosis Nursing CareAdvanced Concepts in Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Care
Edited by: June Halper, MSN, ANP, FAAN, 2001, 302 pages
Demos Medical Publishing
Reviewed by Dr. Suzanne Smeltzer

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This volume brings together a compilation of advanced and up-to-date information from a variety of disciplines on the topic of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the important role of the nurse in care of patients with MS. The multiple and varied components of the nurse"s role (ie., hands-on care, case management, patient education, research coordinator, researcher, and patient advocate) in MS nursing are presented and discussed within the context of patient care throughout the book. The inclusion of health promotion and wellness topics, in addition to the more traditional roles in disease and symptom management, clearly illustrates the broad contribution of nurses to patient care and to the holistic orientation of nurses in that care. Topics included range from important strategies to promote patients" adherence to complex medical regimens to physical symptom management and cognitive impairment. Several chapters are presented in an outline format, which tends to be short on specifics. Despite this limitation, this book has the potential to be used by nurses and other health care providers who are first learning about MS and by nurses in advanced practice interested in increasing their knowledge about specific topics or who use the book as part of a reference library. The international contribution of nurses to the volume speaks to the similarities of patient care across national boundaries. This book has the potential to become a classic reference to many disciplines interested in improving the care of persons living with MS.

About the Reviewer:
Dr. Suzanne Smeltzer is an Associate Professor at Villanova University College of Nursing, where she also serves as the Director, Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities Project. She has conducted research related to MS for over 15 years and has published on pulmonary aspects of MS and health issues of women with disabilities, including pregnancy in MS. She is the recipient of a number of awards for her research and professional service. She is the Chairperson of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National MS Society in Philadelphia.

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