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 emphasised and demonstrated using examples and case studies. This book is designed for all professionals working with people with heart problems. The book looks at the causes and consequences, basic counselling skills, stress management, risk factor intervention and how to develop rehabilitation programmes.
Dr Paul Bennett is Principal Clinical Psychologist with Gwent Psychology Services and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Wales College of Cardiff.