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From The CriticsReviewer: Elaine M. Scorza, MS, APRN, BC(Rush University College of Nursing)
Description: This book comprehensively and systematically describes the Kennedy Approach to Psychiatric Treatment Planning, which is based upon the Kennedy Axis V questionnaire. This questionnaire, derived from the DSM, classifies seven psychiatric problem areas.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is described as both to simplify the identification of problems and the planning related to them, and to serve as a reference, guide for teaching, and aid for treatment team members in their planning process.
Audience: The author identifies the audience as members of psychiatric treatment teams involved in care planning across a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, residential, and the like. The examples, however, understandably lean more heavily on inpatient settings, as thorough application to a variety of environments most restrictive to least restrictive is valuable to the majority of treatment planners.
Features: Explanations are clearly given about how to use the book, the master and follow-up treatment plans, as well as the scales. Permission is granted for duplication of some of the forms, but permission must be obtained from the author/publisher to use certain scales. This may or may not be a limitation for some readers who wish to implement the book's contents in their entirety. Highlights of the book include the comprehensiveness, clarity, and simplicity of treatment planning, that pays attention to the requirements of regulatory bodies as well as systematic planning of care. The author is careful to point out that the manual is not intended as a standard of, or prescription for, care. Although many examples are thorough, these are by no means, the longest, shortest, or only way to characterize psychiatric problems, and it is left up to the reader to pick and choose their own words. The formats and pages may appear to be very long to readers more used to briefer care plan constructs, but it is strongly suggested that the reader be aware of the depth of each section of the treatment plan and its value. The example summary of master treatment plans in the appendix is helpful in showing how summarized data from rating master treatment plans according to the Kennedy Treatment Planning System could highlight certain outcome data or data that may need attention by the clinician or program using it.
Assessment: Overall, this is an excellent book for treatment planners in the healthcare professions that directly administer or provide healthcare services to patients.