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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Andrew Scott Bagg, MD (University of South Florida College of Medicine)
Description: The handbook reviews fundamentals of the pathology, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of asthma. A discussion of the clinical applications of asthma care allows one to gain confidence in asthma management through this evidence-based book.
Purpose: Proper skills, resources, and emphasis on the importance of asthma care are the book's main goals, designed to prepare healthcare professionals for certification as asthma educators. Most books are too lengthy and lack the tools to reinforce the didactic information, but this one facilitates learning and provides ways to effectively communicate information to patients and their families.
Audience: The handbook is targeted to all healthcare professionals who work with asthma patients, both pediatric and adult. It focuses on practical situations that patients and/or their family members need to know about.
Features: The 10 chapters are written with patient-friendly terminology, eliminating the language barrier that often is present between medical personnel and patients. The book is well organized, referenced, and diagrams and tables allow the reader to emphasize certain learning points. Key points highlight important concepts. Self-assessment multiple-choice questions with detailed answers finalize each chapter in a wonderful manner.
Assessment: This book teaches physicians and other healthcare professionals how to recognize and treat asthma exacerbations and was inspired by patients and their experiences with this disease. It is designed for informed educators who know a fair amount about asthma while focusing on patient needs. It is an excellent resource for asthma educators.