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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tony A. Fletcher, PsyD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the definitive text on the contemporary contributions and advancements in cognitive disabilities and dementing processes, and treatment of individuals with these conditions. This single comprehensive resource has been devised to be a ready-to-use reference guide on how diverse disciplines contribute to the overall care of these individuals. This book addresses education, assessment, accurate diagnosis, and treatment planning.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a benchmark reference to educate primary healthcare professionals to work with a variety of patients and effectively treat and understand their disabilities. The intention is to provide a comprehensive text for treating cognitively impaired patients by implementing a multi-focused strategy in dealing with patients with dementia and intellectual disabilities. This is an important addition to any healthcare facility library because of the way it contributes to the understanding of the complexity of patients' limitations and strengths and ways of effectively helping in the treatment process.
Audience: This book is well-suited for mental health professionals, care providers, and agencies including nurses, social workers, case managers, speech and occupational therapists, and physicians and psychologists in training who are interested in expanding their understanding of individuals with cognitive deficits as well as providing appropriate assessment, diagnosis, management, and treatment.
Features: This encompassing text is further illuminated by personal accounts of three individuals who are affected by dementia. These individuals are described from the clinical, family, and caregiver perspectives. The chapters on physiology and complications are appropriately followed by chapters on "best practices" to improve care and the quality of life.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful book for professionals and students in the mental health and social service professions who work with intellectually impaired patients. It compiles theory and empirical evidence and connects them with relevant issues to aid in appropriate evaluation of these individuals.