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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Levy, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book is a pertinent and hands-on approach to hospital-based patient education as it has evolved and is presently evolving. It has a strongly held point of view that keeps the book focused and readable.
Purpose: This book brings together the management, program development experiences, and implementation experiences of the authors "to provide a jumping-off point" for patient education in the next century. Each clearly described chapter has excellent objectives and achieves them. The book is divided into two sections. The first section includes dimension of hospital management and organizational structurefinancingand support. The second section focuses on aspects of program developmenttarget audienceand program delivery.
Audience: This book is written for the practitioner/manager of patient education programs and is also valuable for policy types within a hospital or community setting. The author and all of the contributors are experienced authorities in the field.
Features: The book contains few illustrations; it is highly informational with strong uses for tables, example forms, and planning guides. It is very legible with readable type. The book serves as a well-documented description of the past and present, plus a well thought out guide to future possibilities.
Assessment: This book is a premier general reference on hospital-based patient education management and planning. It is not categorical in the sense of diabetes or hypertension education only, nor was it meant to be. It is an overarching approach to an integrated philosophy for coordinating all types of patient/family/community health education with health and medical care. It follows through on the concept that patient education development must occur and be supported on three levels: institutional, programmatic, and patient-family. All programs must go through planning, implementation, and evaluation. Examples are provided in each section.