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Mastering the Kennedy Axis V: A New Psychiatric Assessment of Patient Functioning
     

Mastering the Kennedy Axis V: A New Psychiatric Assessment of Patient Functioning

by James A. Kennedy
 

Mastering the Kennedy Axis V: A New Psychiatric Assessment of Patient Functioning is a hands-on guide to using the Kennedy Axis V (K Axis). This fast and powerful instrument is at the heart of James A. Kennedy's approach to psychiatric treatment planning.

This versatile and practical workbook is an excellent training tool to help clinicians (including

Overview

Mastering the Kennedy Axis V: A New Psychiatric Assessment of Patient Functioning is a hands-on guide to using the Kennedy Axis V (K Axis). This fast and powerful instrument is at the heart of James A. Kennedy's approach to psychiatric treatment planning.

This versatile and practical workbook is an excellent training tool to help clinicians (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses) develop knowledge, skill, and confidence in using the K Axis. Mastering the Kennedy Axis V will help you • Develop ease and facility with the concepts on which the K Axis is founded• Gain practical experience in using the K Axis through practical exercises• Build a foundation for systematically tracking response to treatment, including response to medication• Organize and track the flow of clinical information through a patient's clinical databases, treatment plan and progress notes

Step-by-step, you'll walk through the conceptual underpinnings and rating systems of the seven subscales: psychological impairment, social skills, violence, activities of daily living/occupational skills, substance abuse, medical impairment and ancillary impairment. Through a wide variety of clinical vignettes, you will gain practical experience in using the K Axis to quickly develop basic clinical measurements and profiles.

Developed as an alternative to the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale, the Kennedy Axis V is clear, intuitive, effective -- and preferred by a growing number of clinicians. Mastering the Kennedy Axis V provides a user-friendly roadmap to using the K Axis to more thoroughly assess patients' clinical status, resulting in better treatment and outcome.

American Psychiatric Publishing

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Diana Marta, BSN, RN (Rush University Medical Center)
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.
4 Stars! from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585620623
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
Spiral
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Lauren Parsons

Dr. Kennedy has taken the concept of global assessment of functioning to a new level. By breaking functional level into domains, a previously non specific scale has become a tangible measure of outcomes and a vital tool in the evaluation and treatment of mental illness. One of the singularly most difficult concepts in treatment planning is that of 'measurability.' Dr. Kennedy has provided a tool that can be used by all levels of mental health providers to quantify function as well as measure improvement -- possibly the single most important factor to monitor.

Steve Hahn-Smith

Mastering the Kennedy Axis V: A New Psychiatric Assessment of Patient Functioning is a thoughtfully created measurement tool that offers real potential for assessing clinical progress of mental health clients. In contrast to the GAF, the Kennedy Scale offers specific feedback on a variety of important outcome domains, each of which can be separately analyzed and incorporated into ongoing treatment plans. Moreover, the Kennedy Scale incorporates aspects of the entire well-being of clients, including their occupational skills, living situation, and financial and legal issues. Frequently, these important life domain questions are missing from mental health measurement tools. Because of its ease of scoring and orientation toward quantifiable outcomes, the Kennedy Scale will likely be a major contribution to the behavioral health community.

Alan M. Gruenberg

Dr. Kennedy provides an expanded and compelling approach to multiple domains of assessment for Axis V. He provides the reader with a 100 point scale to rate psychological impairment, social skills, violence, ADL-occupational skills, substance abuse, medical impairment, and ancillary impairment. This comprehensive approach to Axis V assessment addresses many of the concerns about a single measure of global assessment of functioning.

Meet the Author

James A. Kennedy, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts, Director of the Demonstration Unit at Westborough State Hospital in Westborough, Massachusetts, and President of Kennedy, MD Consulting in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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