The goal of the book is to show you what you can do to help yourself--to enable you to be involved in your own treatment and strengthen your success in treatment and rehabilitation. Based on the principles of pulmonary rehabilitation programs, this handbook is designed to help get you, the COPD patient, engaged in an ongoing dialog with your professional caregivers--and make the most of available treatments.
Authors Rick Carter, Ph.D. (rehabilitation physiology), Brooke Nicotra, M.D. ( pulmonary medicine), and Jo-Von Tucker (COPD patient) explain how patients like you can help manage your COPD. Jo-Von Tucker provides an example of what a patients courage and determination can achieve and thus encourages other COPD patients like herself to be actively involved and compliant. Her hard-won experience can guide you to an improved quality of life. The clear, authoritative information about quality medical management provided by Rick Carter and Brook Nicotra is based on their experience helping people with COPD to improve their quality of life. They cover topics including avoiding smoking, exercise, nutrition, and the full range of medical and surgical treatment. Contributions by two pioneers and leaders in the field of COPD rehabilitation, Thomas Petty, M.D. and Brian Tiep, M.D. reinforce the message that you can dramatically improve your life through a comprehensive rehabilitation program. About the Authors & Contributors
An authoritative explanation of causes, treatments, and rehabilitation methods that teaches patients to understand the importance of advice and guidance from their health care team. An ideal complement to a formal rehabilitation program. If no rehabilitation program is available, this book can be a foundation for caregiver and patient to collaborate on an individual program of therapy. Includes over 50 illustrations and tables. COPD patients, their primary care doctors, their pulmonologists, and their respiratory therapists will all benefit from reading this book.
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