Title: Managing Breathlessness in the community
Authors: Janelle Yorke and June Roberts
Publisher: M&K Publishing
Reviewer: Louise Goodyear, 3rd Year Adult Student Nurse
What was it like?
As the title states this book looks at breathlessness in the community setting and how healthcare practitioners can support patients in their own homes effectively. Each chapter breaks down specific areas of dyspnoea, allowing the reader to either ingest the whole book, or pick certain areas or themes per chapter to read.
I particularly enjoyed chapters two and three. As a student nurse I personally found these chapters easy to read, understand and then put into practice once on placement. Chapter two explains the mechanics of breathlessness and how different states of dyspnoea can be identified. Chapter three looks into the assessment of the patient. There are useful tables that are easy to read and understand even by a student, and also the signs and symptoms to look out for, which I found useful.
What were the highlights?
Further through the book the authors look into particular diseases such as COPD, coronary heart failure and pulmonary hypertension and how such diseases present in the community in regards to the breathlessness of the patient.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Each chapter has reflection prompts enabling the reader to think about a scenario, or event and how they would manage the patient in that particular circumstance. I enjoyed the psychological strategies of managing the breathlessness, looking at the patient holistically, as this enables the practitioner to look at cognitive behavioural therapies and also mindfulness, to support them in their own homes.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book in particular to student nurses years 2 and 3 who have placements in the community setting. Also nurses, physiotherapists and also occupational therapist, which support patients in the community.