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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joyce B. Vazzano, BS, MS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This book provides comprehensive, detailed guidelines on all aspects of managing diabetes from the initial diagnosis in the clinical examination to the treatment, including drug therapy, life style modification, and nutrition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide caregivers (nurses, diabetic nurse specialists, and nursing students) with relevant information on the diagnosis and management of diabetes. The essentials of administering diabetes management programs are addressed, with information on developing and implementing clinical pathways, measuring and managing outcomes, and monitoring and improving patient satisfaction.
Audience: The editor is targeting healthcare providers with information about diabetes and its management in a concise, practical, and pertinent manner. In my judgment, it is pretty basic and would be easily understood by nurses and diabetic nursing specialists, although nursing students may have some difficulty.
Features: Part I addresses clinical management of diabetes and is intended to be a starting point for providers. Information is given on developing and implementing clinical pathways, measuring and managing outcomes, and implementing and improving patient satisfaction. Part II includes large print patient handouts including general information on diabetes, medications, nutrition, exercise, blood sugar control, pregnancy and diabetes, special considerations (such as travel), and complications of diabetes. This information is easy to understand and relevant to patient teaching.
Assessment: This is a clearly written, comprehensive book intended for healthcare providers working with patients with diabetes. It is an excellent reference for this purpose. It offers the nurse the ability to provide holistic and comprehensive care to the diabetic patient and his/her family. The clinical pathways for patients in a variety of settings (office, hospital, community) are provided, which will guide the clinician in providing patient care and education. Easy to read patient teaching handouts are also provided. Some color illustrations would enhance the quality of this book, as well as some more up-to-date references, since quite a few are from 1991.