This book provides a practical framework for supporting and helping the patient and the family both in the acute medical setting and in the longer term in the community. It focuses on skills and techniques needed to provide important information, reduce stress and to set realistic goals during rehabilitation. The role of open communication between helper and patient is emphasized and demonstrated using examples and case studies.
This book has been written for all concerned with heart disease: professionals and lay helpers, clinicians and non–clinicians.
The Foreword is by Dr Alastair McDonald of the Cardiac Department, The Royal London Hospital, who also acted as medical advisor for the book.
Foreword by Dr Alastair McDonald.
1. Heart Disease: Causes and consequences.
2. Psychological care in acute settings.
3. A Basic counselling approach.
4. Stress management training.
5. Risk factor intervention.
6. Putting it all together.
List of Figures.