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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Andrea D. Posey, RN, BSN, MSN (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Description: This is a reference book that contains information regarding general healthcare consumer issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the layperson with general information on a variety of healthcare topics. The intent is to aid the reader in consumer decision making by offering factual information. This is a worthy objective due to the immense amount of healthcare information and the complex nature of healthcare in our society today. This book meets its objective by organizing the information in a logical manner.
Audience: The target audience, according to the editor, is the layperson. The book is written in appropriate manner for this group. There is no information available about the editor.
Features: Information is provided regarding personal healthcare, family safety, hospitalization, physicians, and a resource list. The mental health resource list is very helpful. A brief discussion of on-line resources and caveats is also included. This book does have two shortcomings. First, there are many statements of opinion by the editor without references to confirm the statements. Second, there is no complete reference list included.
Assessment: This book provides a brief discussion about many topics in personal and family healthcare. It is well organized and comprehensive. The reader should be made aware that there are some statements of opinions without references. Still, overall, this book is a useful resource to the layperson.