Title: Physiotherapy in Respiratory and Cardiac Care: an evidence-based approach
Author: Alexander Hough
Publisher: Cenage Learning
Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
This is an excellent book. It covers a wide range of cardio-respiratory conditions and discusses treatment of patients in different clinical settings such as critical care, the ward area and out-patient departments. It progresses in a logical format beginning with physiology and pathology, it has an in-depth patient assessment section, which would be useful to nurses practising advance assessment skills and a detailed discussion of specific respiratory and cardiac conditions. The focus of the second part of the book is aimed primarily at physiotherapists but it would be extremely relevant for nurses caring for patients with cardio-respiratory disorders. The final section covers different groups of people who may require physiotherapy such as infants, children, and adults with specific conditions including a thoughtful section on palliative care.
There is also a useful online support resource to accompany the book which includes interactive learning tools such as an interactive book, self-test multiple choice and critical thinking questions as well as flashcards, appendices and references. This is accessed through an individual code. As well as a contents page for the written text, there is an online chapter guide to aid navigation.
What were the highlights?
The chapters are well laid out. As well as headings and subheadings to guide the reader there are regular case studies and clinical reasoning exercises to facilitate consolidation of the written material. There are also relevant practice tips to enable transfer of learning into the clinical environment. The text is interspersed with regular diagrams, x-rays and photographs to illustrate the points under discussion. At the end of each chapter is a list of recommended reading if further information is required. The book has an extremely in-depth evidence base but written in an easy-to-read style that is both engaging and informal.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The author has achieved an incredible balance between academic rigour and accessibility, her considerable experience is evident throughout the text. Complex concepts are described in a clear, easy to read manner with illustrative techniques used to re-enforce the text and useful exercises included to consolidate learning.
Who should read it?
This book is aimed at undergraduate physiotherapy students but would be extremely useful for nurses at any level working in respiratory or cardiac care in a ward or in the critical care environment.