WEBWISE InDependent Diabetes Trust The InDependent Diabetes Trust is a UK-based charity run by people with diabetes for others living with the condition. It was set up in 1994 as the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), a registered charity. It is run entirely by voluntary donations and does not accept funding from pharmaceutical companies. Its website is an excellent resource, with a great deal of straightforward information about diabetes, including related health issues, the differences between animal, synthetic analogue and human insulins, and what support is available for parents and partners of people with diabetes. There are tips on pregnancy, driving, holidays and travel, and how to look after your insulin and injecting devices. In 2009, the trust launched a quarterly publication called Type 2 and You, in response to the growing requests for information from people with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin or who are about to go on it. A new free booklet by the trust, Understanding Your Diabetes, can be ordered on the site or downloaded as a pdf. It explains in detail the differences between type 1 and type 2, the relationship between insulin and tablets, and the ways they work, as well as giving diet and exercise advice. The trust’s anniversary conference, 20 Years of Independence, takes place in Kettering on Saturday October 18. A team of diabetes specialist nurses will host two discussion groups on living with type 1 diabetes, managing type 2 diabetes and life with diabetes. Roger Evans is assistant editor, Nursing Standard www.iddt.org See www.nursing-standard.co.uk for previous website reviews


TV :: radio :: books :: websites :: apps Nursing Theorists and Their Work – Eighth edition HHHHH

Enthusiasm in the UK for the adoption of nursing theories has ebbed and flowed over the years, but it is fair to say engagement has never approached the levels found on the other side of the Atlantic. This American text is the eighth edition of a standard work that has been extensively revised to keep abreast of latest developments. It makes the case for nursing to base practice on coherent theoretical foundations, with 31 chapters exploring the work of individual theorists, ordered in units labelled

‘nursing philosophies’, ‘nursing conceptual models’, ‘nursing theories’ and ‘middle range theories’. Each chapter includes the theorist’s biography and theoretical sources. This is followed by a detailed account of the key elements of the theory and suggestions on how it can be applied to the clinical situation and the research environment, through the use of illustrative case studies. The Roper, Logan and Tierney model of nursing is given brief coverage. The UK is also represented by two theorists separated by more than a century – Florence Nightingale and Phil Barker. He was the UK’s first professor of psychiatric nursing practice and his ‘tidal model of mental health recovery’ is classified as a middle range theory.

Martha Raile Alligood | Elsevier | 816pp | £43.34 | ISBN: 978 0 3230 9194 7 Reviewed by John Adams, temporary lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Peterborough

Treating Traumatic Bereavement – A Practitioner’s Guide HHHHH This comprehensive guide addresses the difficulties counsellors face in treating traumatic bereavement and complicated grief. It looks in-depth at the features of traumatic bereavement and reveals how it differs from the experience of ‘normal’ loss and grief. Classic theories about grief and the mourning process are discussed, alongside treatment, research, grief counselling and conceptualisations of complicated grief as a mental and physical health disorder. Sources of social support are covered in a chapter on building resources, and the effectiveness of

support groups, including online networks, is considered. The authors highlight possible issues where group members may undermine the confidence of those they perceive to be struggling emotionally. The effects on therapists are discussed, including countertransference responses that may be negative, reawakening past grief and trauma for the counsellor. These responses may also be positive, with growing feelings of respect and admiration for the client. The authors outline problems with vicarious traumatisation, and the need for further training and obtaining support from fellow counsellors. There is information for clients and therapists in the form of handouts, as well as skills and activities, questions and exercises. This is an invaluable and thoughtful resource.

Laurie Anne Pearlman et al | The Guilford Press | 358pp | $38.25/£23.79 | ISBN: 978 1 4625 1317 8 Reviewed by Susan Watkins, support worker and Open University graduate, Derby

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