In medicine the understanding and interpretation of the complex reality of illness currently refers either to an organismic approach that focuses on the physical or to a 'holistic' approach that takes into account the patient's human sociocultural involvement. Yet as the papers of this collection show, the suffering human person refers ultimately to his/her existential sphere. Hence, praxis is supplemented by still other perspectives for valuation and interpretation: ethical, spiritual, and religious. Can medicine ignore these considerations or push them to the side as being subjective and arbitrary? Phenomenology/philosophy-of-life recognizes all of the above approaches to be essential facets of the Human Condition (Tymieniecka). This approach holds that all the facets of the Human Condition have equal objectivity and legitimacy. It completes the accepted medical outlook and points the way toward a new 'medical humanism'.
Therapeutic interventions have been taught and well evaluated in community settings for many years but this has not been the case for acute care. This practical book remedies this, outlining how to efficiently and effectively use therapeutic interventions in acute mental healthcare settings within a recovery-focused framework. It focuses on helping those with severe and enduring mental health illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and:
Designed for service users, carers, mental health nurses and nursing students, this text is particularly suitable for those learning about acute mental health problems and therapeutic interventions.
This text provides innovative strategies for teaching whole person care of chronic illness in both classroom and clinical settings. Taking a narrative approach, the authors show how medical-surgical and psychiatric-mental health nursing can be creatively integrated to promote student understanding of the complexity of working with clients and families experiencing long-term health challenges. The text is filled with "how to" information along with discussion of pedagogical concerns related to chronic illness management. Valuable features include: case examples, an extensive listing of films and videos depicting the lives of those living with chronic illness for use in the classroom, and sample forms for student and teacher use.
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