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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This book details current guidelines from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for the diagnosis and management of asthma.
Purpose: It is a concise resource, making the current guidelines more accessible for healthcare professionals taking care of patients with asthma.
Audience: This book is intended as an essential reference for students and medical professionals. Actually, it is easy enough to read that patients and families who want to learn more about asthma would find this useful as well.
Features: The book details current global challenges, financial burden, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of asthma per EPR-3 (expert panel report) guidelines. Chapters detailing the stepwise approach and the three age categories will help healthcare practitioners quickly find the appropriate information for patients of different ages. Numerous tables and sample patient forms throughout the book help clarify main points. Overall, there are no shortcomings in regards to content.
Assessment: This is a nice primer for the NHLBI EPR-3 guidelines on asthma. It transforms the research-driven guidelines into a very easy to read format.