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From The CriticsReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, DSN(East Carolina University )
Description: This book addresses the unique challenges of hospital care for people with learning disabilities, both children and adults.
Purpose: The purpose is to present "key factors in the health care process from pre-admission assessment....health needs...leading to a successful treatment plan and intervention."
Audience: The book is written for practitioners who care for individuals who have learning disabilities, such as nurses, nursing students, or physical and occupational therapists. The authors are nurses who have studied the experiences of children and adults with learning disabilities.
Features: The first chapter identifies and discusses learning disabilities. The remaining chapters discuss the process of healthcare, communication, understanding behavior, consent, and ethical or political aspects of care. The chapter on communication defines the concept and process of communication, models of communication, and principles of working with people with disabilities. In addition to case studies to support the discussions, the book uses tables and black-and-white photographs.
Assessment: This is a great reference to use when working with these patients. This is one area that most practitioners have limited preparation. The book focuses on being able to communicate with the individual as well as legal aspects.