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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel R. Bronfin, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a practical guide to developmental and behavioral issues encountered in the primary care setting. It is clear, concise, and easy to reference. Each issue is addressed in a separate chapter, all of which are uniformly formatted with pertinent information easily identified. The first edition was published in 1995.
Purpose: The author's goal was to provide succinct, accurate, up-to-date information in a practical reference to help providers integrate the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics into primary care. This book achieves its goal with easy to read, quick reference chapters, addressing the most relevant issues in the primary care setting.
Audience: It is intended for primary care clinicians who care for children and is written by authorities in the recently designated subspecialty of developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
Features: A discussion of the fundamentals in this field begins the book; in particular, the creation of a therapeutic alliance with the patient and their parents. Following this, the most common developmental and behavioral issues encountered in a primary care setting are presented. Each issue is assigned a chapter that is easy to read and well formatted using a bullet point style presentation. Each chapter addresses the presentation, etiology/epidemiology, management, and clinical concerns of one particular issue with accompanying bibliography for both parents and professionals. Emphasis is placed on key factors for the clinician and communication with parents and patients regarding the management of the problem.
Assessment: This is a highly effective quick reference tool that may also be read as a whole for more breadth in the understanding of developmental and behavioral issues. It is extremely useful, suggesting strategies for how to communicate with families and provide answers to common problems encountered in the primary care setting. The second edition has new chapters on timely topics, revised chapters, and added information on screening for developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
This review was authored by Madelyn Meyn, MD, and Daniel Bronfin, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)