Psychosocial Interventions for Cardiopulmonary Patients: A Guide for Health Professionals

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Human Kinetics, 1996 - Medical - 413 pages
There's more to treating cardiopulmonary patients than meeting biological needs; many psychosocial needs must be addressed to help patients not only survive but also thrive while living with illness. Psychosocial Interventions for Cardiopulmonary Patients: A Guide for Health Professionals helps health care providers meet these needs by presenting practical strategies that teach patients to cope with the emotional stress of cardiac and pulmonary disease.Written by Dr. Wayne Sotile, director of psychological services for the Wake Forest University Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, this invaluable guide provides simple interventions that can make a profound difference in the quality of life and physical recovery of cardiopulmonary patients. The book is filled with case studies, sample scripts, and tactics that show health professionals without specialized training in mental health how to help cardiopulmonary patients confront the challenges of rehabilitation.Part I provides an introduction to designing and implementing effective psychosocial interventions. The author explains why psychosocial counseling is important, how to recognize serious maladjustment problems that require referral to a mental health professional, and how to present recommendations in terms that match the goals and concerns of patients.Part II describes how to help patients become effective emotional managers-those who thrive in the face of illness. Readers will find specific strategies for- disrupting negative coping mechanisms,- promoting stress management,- altering the behavior of patients with Type A coping patterns,- enlisting family strengths and minimizing the effects of family weaknesses,- addressing the issues children face when a parent or grandparent is ill,- replacing negative thinking patterns with more realistic and positive patterns, and- much more.Readers will also learn how to help patients create and maintain a supportive environment for rehabilitation, an essential component of effective emotional management.Part III addresses some of the special issues that recovering cardiopulmonary patients confront, including- the sexual aspects of living with heart and lung illnesses,- smoking cessation,- the unique challenges faced by older patients and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and- adherence to rehabilitation programs.

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