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Assessing Older Persons: Measures, Meaning, and Practical Applications / Edition 1

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This book describes the multidimensional assessment of older persons, offering unique insights into the state of this art. It combines comprehensive reviews of the most widely used instruments for measuring a variety of domains (such as physiological status, cognition, affect, social function, quality of life, physical environment, and caregiver burden) with an exploration of the variety of uses to which these assessments have been put. It shows how assessment is used in various aspects of practice, including comprehensive geriatric assessment, care planning, case management, and mandated assessments. It also contains a chapter on how to college data from persons who cannot communicate. The aim throughout is to combine information on specific measures with insight into how and when each measure should be used. Its message is both an urging to use assessments to enhance practice and a caution to use them wisely. The book is designed to service as both a resource for those working actively in the field and an introduction for those who are not familiar with assessment in a given area.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Marquis D. Foreman
This is a sequel to Kane's 1981 classic Assessing the Elderly: A Practical Guide to Measurement. This book compliments the 1981 classic by providing a critical examination of the various assessment tools by domain, and the application of these tools, singly or in comprehensive batteries, to guide programs that serve older people. Essential for all healthcare providers (students, clinicians, and researchers) who work with older people, this book is written at an appropriate level. The content is readily accessible, provokes thought, and provides practical advice for clinicians and researchers. Eighteen chapters are divided into three sections: Assessment content (e.g., function, health, cognition, emotions, quality of life); Applications of assessment (e.g., comprehensive geriatric assessment, mandated assessment); and Conclusions. New topics include an expanded discussion of choosing and using an assessment tool and the assessment of family caregivers. The most exciting new addition is a discussion of the assessment of older adults who cannot communicate. I couldn't wait to receive this book, and after reading several chapters I was even more excited about the content. It is essential for all healthcare providers who work with older people. Although not a comprehensive compilation, the major instruments in each domain are reviewed. Information critical for determining when, how, and with whom such instruments should be used is included. Thus, each chapter provides essential psychometric information about each instrument as well as important caveats about their uses. The editors extend the discussion to the challenges in applying assessments via comprehensive geriatricassessment and management; care planning; long-term case management; and mandated assessment. The most thought-provoking chapters, however, are the introductory chapter on choosing and using an assessment tool, and one of the last: assessing older adults who cannot communicate. This book is a much-needed companion to the first, and is destined to also become a classic.
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Reviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This is a sequel to Kane's 1981 classic Assessing the Elderly: A Practical Guide to Measurement.
Purpose: This book complements the 1981 classic by providing a critical examination of the various assessment tools by domain, and the application of these tools, singly or in comprehensive batteries, to guide programs that serve older people.
Audience: Essential for all healthcare providers (students, clinicians, and researchers) who work with older people, this book is written at an appropriate level. The content is readily accessible, provokes thought, and provides practical advice for clinicians and researchers.
Features: Eighteen chapters are divided into three sections: Assessment content (e.g., function, health, cognition, emotions, quality of life); Applications of assessment (e.g., comprehensive geriatric assessment, mandated assessment); and Conclusions. New topics include an expanded discussion of choosing and using an assessment tool and the assessment of family caregivers. The most exciting new addition is a discussion of the assessment of older adults who cannot communicate.
Assessment: I couldn't wait to receive this book, and after reading several chapters I was even more excited about the content. It is essential for all healthcare providers who work with older people. Although not a comprehensive compilation, the major instruments in each domain are reviewed. Information critical for determining when, how, and with whom such instruments should be used is included. Thus, each chapter provides essential psychometric information about each instrument as well as important caveats about their uses. The editors extend the discussion to the challenges in applying assessments via comprehensive geriatric assessment and management; care planning; long-term case management; and mandated assessment. The most thought-provoking chapters, however, are the introductory chapter on choosing and using an assessment tool, and one of the last: assessing older adults who cannot communicate. This book is a much-needed companion to the first, and is destined to also become a classic.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195174359
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Choosing and Using an Assessment Tool, Robert L. Kane

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