Description: This manual is designed to teach a clinician how to administer the Kennedy Axis scale, a measure of functioning similar in purpose to the GAF, that was developed by the author to more clearly delineate the clinical picture of a client. The book includes explanations and rationales for each of the five dimensions of the scale and case studies that can be used to practice using the tool.
Purpose: This is a thorough how-to guide on administering the Kennedy Axis V. It was developed by the author to help devise a more thorough way of assessing clinical impressions at any given time, whether it be for admission criteria, a measure of effectiveness of treatment and progress, or as an indication of the acuity of certain patient populations for staffing purposes. It provides a more comprehensive and detailed assessment than the GAF.
Audience: Any clinician could use this book for treatment planning, for measuring response to treatment, or even as criteria for admission. It prompts the user to look at all aspects of functioning. The author is a professor of psychiatry and president of his own consulting business.
Features: The manual includes copies of the questionnaire, scoring sheets for both manual and computer entry, explanations and rationales for each of the five areas of functioning, and case studies for practice. It is well organized and can be used as a reference or training manual. It gives clinicians an opportunity to understand its development as well as to practice and fine-tune their own use of the instrument.
Assessment: This is an excellent and useful guide on how to use an instrument that can be used in place of the GAF. As managed care continues to be the norm in medicine, it helps to quantify and measure the patient's clinical status, his progress, his potential for recovery, and the effectiveness of treatment. It also more clearly describes the level of care each patient requires, which could be useful in determining staffing needs. I would recommend it as an excellent addition to any clinician's library.