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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored review of assessment tools for use in clinical evaluation of older persons.
Purpose: The purpose is to review assessment tools in different domains such as driving, dementia, delirium, agitation, activities of daily living, competency.
Audience: Clinical neuropsychologists will find this book extremely enlightening. All members of the team of healthcare professionals performing assessments of older persons — physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists — will find this handbook valuable.
Features: The references cited are quite cogent and useful. In many instances the assessment tools are given in full. There are often excellent clinical vignettes of how a particular assessment tool is applied.
Assessment: The breadth and depth of this handbook would be reason enough to recommend it highly, but what really stands out is the sophisticated, practical philosophy running throughout this book: the best assessment tools are ones that can be given and interpreted without fatiguing the patient or taking undue time and effort to interpret, yet still separate the wheat from the chaff. This is an amazingly useful and intelligent handbook.