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Today, 20 to 25 million Americans endure difficulties in controlling bladder function something vast numbers of them are not willing to disclose. Most of those afflicted are women, and they are not all elderly. There is a thus real and pressing need for books like these, which address the issue of incontinence in a compassionate manner and explain that most of these individuals can be cured, many quite easily, without surgery. It is also clear from both of these authoritative publications that incontinence must be viewed as an important medical problem, deserving the same attention as elevated blood pressure or an endocrine disorder. Newman, a nurse who is codirector of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health at the University of Pennsylvania, previously wrote The Urinary Incontinence Sourcebook for consumers. Aiming this new book at nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals, she is strongly pragmatic, covering a long list of topics, from causes of incontinence to evaluation and therapy. There is also a chapter on self-care practices that will minimize urinary symptoms. The appendixes consist of tools for health professionals that can be used to train staff and educate patients; included are sections on how to prevent bladder infections, diet habits that can affect your bladder, bladder retraining, and other topics relating to mechanical devices used to reduce incontinence. The book is well referenced and includes a glossary as well as appendixes with useful ancillary information, e.g., a directory of manufacturers of products that aid in treating incontinence. In The Incontinence Solution, gynecologist Parker and his coauthors (a gynecologist and a health educator) also provide a comprehensive and reassuring approach to incontinence, but the advice is intended primarily for consumers/patients. The question-and-answer format allows for easy reading and reference and, after an initial discussion of causes and diagnosis, focuses on the wide range of available treatments for incontinence. Specific chapters also address childbirth and incontinence, interstitial cystitis, and defining and diagnosing prolapse. Anecdotal reports of patients' experiences add interest and information. Also provided is a section on finding the right doctor. While both titles provide extensive coverage of the topic, Newman's is the more scholarly and is highly recommended for health sciences libraries and for large public libraries. For its readability, Parker's book is suggested for all consumer health collections.Features
- A must have book for nurses, social workers and other health care professionals who work with older adults.
- Discover options far more diverse and effective than previously available.
- 304 pages.