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Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Laura Blackler (Editor), Christine Jones (Co-Editor), Caroline Mooney (Co-Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-02718-9
290 pages
October 2007
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is increasing rapidly worldwide and it's predicted that by 2020 it will represent the third leading cause of death. Sadly, this slow-progressing debilitating disease not only affects the individual but also has consequences for the family. More positively, the urgent need to improve the care offered and to raise the public profile of the condition has now been recognised. Healthcare providers play a central role in this, through health education, early diagnosis and better management through all stages of the disease.

Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease provides an insight into this debilitative condition. The book aims to develop nurses' and allied health professionals' knowledge and skills in caring for individuals with COPD. It takes the reader on a journey from diagnosis through to end-of-life care and examines:

  • Initial diagnosis and symptom management
  • Smoking cessation
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • The management of acute episodes
  • The role of each member of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Quality of life, including nutrition, fatigue management and leisure activities
  • The future for the care and management of people with the condition.

Healthcare professionals from multi-disciplinary teams have contributed to this book to demonstrate that a co-ordinated approach for these patients is required across both primary and secondary care. Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can be utilised by nurses and allied health professionals caring for patients at all stages of their disease.

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Contents
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION 
FACTS AND FIGURES 
RISK OF DEVELOPING COPD 
REFERENCES 
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 
REFERENCES 
DIAGNOSING COPD 
REFERENCES 
SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT
PHARMACOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT 
ADHERENCE/CONCORDENCE 
NEBULISED THERAPY AT HOME 
Appendix 1
LONG TERM OXYGEN THERAPY 
Appendix 1 
SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS 
REFERENCES 
SMOKING CESSATION 
REFERENCES
PULMONARY REHABILITATION 
Appendix 1 
Appendix 2 
Appendix 3 
REFERENCES 
QUALITY OF LIFE 
FATIGUE MANAGEMENT 
NUTRITION AND HEALTHY EATING 
CONTINENCE 
SLEEP 
TRAVEL AND HOLIDAYS 
Appendix 1 
Appendix 2 
VACCINATIONS 
Appendix 1 
SEXUALITY 
Appendix 1 
REFERENCES 
PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS AND INTERVENTIONS 
REFERENCES 
MANAGEMENT OF COPD IN THE COMMUNITY 
MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE EXACERBATIONS IN HOSPITAL 
Appendix 1 
REFERENCES 
NON-INVASIVE VENTILATION 
REFERENCES 
END OF LIFE CARE 
REFERENCES 
THE FUTURE FOR THE CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH COPD 
CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT 
REFERENCES 
USEFUL ORGANISATIONS 
GLOSSARY 

 

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Laura Blackler, Practice Development Nurse, Kings College Hospital, London, UK.

Christine Jones, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Kings College Hospital, London, UK.

Caroline Mooney, Community Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Luton Treatment Centre, UK.

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“It is a book I will be returning to and would recommend to anyone involved in the management of COPD, clinically or educationally. It will be informing my practice and I recommend it as a very useful resource.” (International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, June 2010)

"This is an excellent book at a reasonable price, written by very well qualified clinicians within the field and would be a very valuable resource for those caring for individuals with COPD." (Journal of Community Nursing, January 2009)

"There is an excellent overview of the management of COPD in the community." (Primary Health Care, July 2008)

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