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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book, written by several authors, describes in depth the role of the medical director in nursing homes and the nature of medical care provided in nursing homes.
Purpose: Its purpose is to improve care in nursing homes by describing the proper care there, given the growth of nursing homes now and in the future.
Audience: The audience is physicians caring for persons living in nursing homes.
Features: This book features many algorithms and assessment instruments as well as giving the "minimum data set." There are useful appendixes containing typical policies and procedures for nursing homes.
Assessment: This thorough exposition of nursing home care provides broad coverage of medical care in nursing homes. New developments in subacute care are presented. The book lacks a discussion of the decision-making process in nursing homes and how to interact with family members of nursing home residents. Adding the physician's role in risk management and how to credential a medical staff would be useful additions.