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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This book covers health assessment to be conducted in any setting, with any population, and encourages critical thinking. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to guide the novice student through health assessment by facilitating application and comprehensive understanding of the scientific underpinnings of the skill being learned.
Audience: The primary focus is on the novice student.
Features: An overview of general health assessment begins the book and then it moves into data collection and interpretation, and on to population specific sections — adult and special populations. First anatomy and physiology are presented, followed by the health history, data analysis, and validation including documentation. This edition has emphasized pain assessment, since pain is considered the fifth vital sign, spiritual assessment, and family considerations. The book includes a suite of teaching-learning tools including an instructor resource CD-ROM and a student version. Risk factors are presented in red. Many color photos support assessment findings and cultural icons guide the student, as do abnormal findings sections. The only shortcoming is the lack of emphasis on the importance of the health history in terms of genetic considerations.
Assessment: Health assessment books are plentiful. This particular one is strong because of the compendium of resources: websites, video clips, tools for the instructor that generate tests, PowerPoints, and lecture notes as well as potential assignments. The book is truly interactive, allowing the student to label diagrams, practice assessment skills, and get feedback — definitely appealing to the new-age learner. This edition represents a considerably stronger product than in the past.