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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen Stilling Burkhart, MSN, CANP, CGNP (Uniformed Services University)
Description: This book describes 44 actual patient encounters that take place in an office setting and cover a wide variety of clinical scenarios, and involve patients of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and clinical findings. The case discussions are structured to provide insight to the clinical management of the various clinical complaints.
Purpose: It is organized in such a way that students can sharpen their clinical problem-solving skills and integrate prior learning from didactic materials into "real life" clinical situations. The text is written by two experienced adult nurse practitioners and has been reviewed by clinically experienced nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and physicians.
Audience: The case studies are intended to be used as a tool to promote critical thinking skills for the advanced practice clinician as well as students preparing for an advanced practice role.
Features: The black-and-white illustrations assist students in collecting information needed to fully assess the various clinical scenarios. Diagrams and photographs are clear and informative. Prescription blanks are provided for prescription-writing practice. The discussion that follows each case is extremely thorough and includes current references from a variety of sources to support the clinical management of the patient. Follow-up of the patients is also addressed, which can be a challenge even for a seasoned clinician to decide when (and if) a patient needs a return visit.
Assessment: I found this text to be an excellent resource for the nurse practitioner/advanced practice student. It will be especially helpful to the advanced student who must synthesize patient data and establish a clinical plan. The information that follows each clinical case promotes class discussion about the numerous approaches to the management of patients in the primary care setting.