- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From The CriticsReviewer: Barbara Jean Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, MS, GCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This book has three major sections: applied gerontological concepts that includes information ranging from demographics to theories of aging to pharmacology and orthopedic treatment considerations; patient care concepts that covers such topics as neurologic, cardiovascular-pulmonary, integumentary treatment considerations; and administration and management. This book was originally published in 1994.
Purpose: According to the preface, this book provides a comprehensive overview of current science and practice in geriatric rehabilitation and is designed to provide the reader with a thorough review of advanced clinical information. These objectives are necessary for the growth of the profession. The book provides an overview on geriatric physical therapy and relevant topics.
Audience: According to the authors, this book was written for an audience of clinicians already exposed to geriatric care and is designed to serve as an advanced textbook. However, in some areas the information is at an advanced level while in other areas the information reflects entry-level practice.
Features: Each of the three major sections is composed of several chapters. The basis is laid in the first section which addresses demographics, theories on aging, age related changes, assessment tools, nutrition, pharmacology, principles of practice, patient evaluation and orthopedic interventions. The second section focuses on interventions. It appears the last chapter of the first section should actually be in the second section, i.e., orthopedic treatment considerations, since the other chapters on treatment are in the second section. The third section focuses on more administrative topics that include attitudes and ethics, consultation, research, and resources. The authors do an excellent job laying the basis in age related changes in biology, physiology, anatomy and function. With the book's design of evaluation being separate from interventions, the reader must go from one chapter to another to attain all information on a specific topic. For example, falls in the elderly are addressed in chapters 9 and 12. In addition, many of the currently used balance assessment tools (Berg, Multidirectional Reach, TUG, TUG cognitive & environmental) are not included. Those included are the get up and go, the functional reach, and the sensory organization test. In chapter 6, entitled Assessment Instruments, there are no specific instruments used to assess balance such as those identified above or the dynamic gait index.
Assessment: This book is of high quality and is a valuable addition for the library of clinicians who practice primarily in geriatric physical therapy or who treat elderly patients with various pathologies.