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Managing Long-term Conditions and Chronic Illness in Primary Care

29 July 2015

Managing Long-term Conditions and Chronic Illness in Primary Care: A guide to good practice (2nd edition)

Dr Judith Carrier, specialist practitioner (practice nursing) and Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies has published the second edition of her book on effective management of long-term conditions.

The book includes contributions from Dr Claire Lane - clinical psychologist, Rhiannon Britton -registered dietitian and Gina Newbury - lecturer in community nursing.

Effective management of long-term conditions is an essential part of contemporary nursing policy and practice. Systematic and evidence-based care which takes account of the expert patient and reduces unnecessary hospital admissions is vital to support those with long-term conditions/chronic diseases and those who care for them.

Reflecting recent changes in treatment, the nurse's role and the patient journey, and including additional content on rehabilitation, palliative care, and non-medical prescribing, this fully updated new edition highlights the key issues in managing long-term conditions. It provides a practical and accessible guide for nurses and allied health professionals in the primary care environment and covers:

  • the physical and psychosocial impact of long-term conditions
  • effective case management
  • self-management and the expert patient
  • behavioural change strategies and motivational counselling
  • telehealth and information technology
  • nutritional and medication management.

Packed with helpful, clearly written information, Managing Long-term Conditions and Chronic Illness in Primary Care includes case studies, fact boxes and pointers for practice. It is ideal reading for pre- and post-registration nursing students taking modules on long-term conditions, and will be a valuable companion for pre-registration students on community placements.

The author's royalties from this book will be donated to the following charities:

  • Bwindi Community Hospital which provides healthcare for more than 100,000 people living in the South Western corner of Uganda. The hospital is located one kilometre from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, South Western Uganda, home to half of the world's mountain gorillas.
  • The Gorilla Organization, an international charity led by experienced African conservationists, dedicated to saving the world's last remaining gorillas from extinction.

Reviewers of the 1st edition made the following comments:

'As a patient with a long term condition I found an unusual level of understanding of the patient's point of view in this book and hope many health professionals will read it.'

'Fantastic book helped me with all my assignments.'

'This is a really good book. It covers physical and psychological aspects of living with chronic illness. It looks at both practical management and policy issues. A must for all nurses dealing with patients in the community.'

You can purchase the book at the Routledge website or on Amazon.

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