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From The CriticsReviewer: Heather Boyle, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The book provides guidelines for developing and implementing evidence-based policy. Unique to medical literature, it includes methods to probe service problems and a structure for groups planning the solutions.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore the five principles of implementing evidence-based practices and to consider these within the context of specific mental health conditions, service delivery processes, and service institutions in order to improve the quality of mental health services for older adults. This is a necessary objective that the book meets well.
Audience: It was written for faculty and coaches affiliated with the Positive Aging Resource Center. The authors propose it will be useful for all people who work with elderly clients with mental health needs, especially program administrators, healthcare professionals, and teachers or students in these broad areas.
Features: The book develops an outline for problem solving in the delivery of medical care. The authors use their experiences developing systems to improve healthcare for elderly patients to illustrate their methods. The special issues in creating a treatment system that is sustainable for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, dementia, and schizophrenia are evaluated.
Assessment: The general approach to problem solving is well elaborated and provides information about how to develop solutions that are implemented. Not all problems in delivering healthcare to any special population could be elaborated in a book of any size. Rather, this book gives the reader insight into the methods to solve healthcare delivery issues and excellent examples of how the method worked for the authors.