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Barsevick Andrea M
Review of A guide to oncology symptom management
Psycho Oncology. 2010 ;19(7) :786-787
PMID: Peer Reviewed Journal: 2010-14615-015   
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Reviews the book, A Guide to Oncology Symptom Management edited by Carlton G. Brown (2010). This book is an important companion to the Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP) cards because it provides a scientific rationale for the symptom management strategies that are recommended or not recommended. It is also an important book in its own right because, for each symptom, it provides in depth information related to pathophysiology, assessment, evidence-based interventions, expected outcomes, and directions for further research. The chapters are organized alphabetically for ease in locating information. Strengths of this book include its comprehensiveness in addressing both commonly recognized symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and pain, as well as symptoms that are less known or studied such as alopecia, skin and nail changes, and peripheral neuropathy. While the information is presented with the skilled oncology nurse in mind, it can also serve as a detailed overview for other health care professionals including physicians, social workers, and psychologists. The information contained within each chapter provides the scientific context for appropriate assessment as well as medical and nursing practice recommendations. Through the case studies, one can understand the complexity of the patient experience and follow the assessment decisions and interventions provided by clinicians. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).
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