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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carolyn Koziolek, RN, BScN, MN (c)(The Hospital for Sick Children)
Description: This is the third edition of a clear, concise, and well laid out handbook of patient teaching. It is important to update such references and the previous editions were published in 1996 and 2000.
Purpose: This book is intended to be used as a reference for patient teaching by healthcare professionals with baseline medical knowledge. It would be very useful for someone who has recently changed departments/areas or as a reference for new healthcare providers.
Audience: The author states that this book is written for healthcare providers, without specifically identifying what type of providers. This information would be most appropriate for nurses, physiotherapists, or other allied healthcare providers. Perhaps a newer physician or one in a remote locale who may not be versed in such a variety of conditions and procedures would find it useful. The author is an RN and the book, although well written, appears focused on a nursing perspective.
Features: This book aims to address both common and some less common illnesses, conditions, diagnostics, and procedures. It is very well laid out and clearly written. It covers each topic in a very easy to understand manner, thus making it easy to relay information to a patient/family. The teaching guidelines section is particularly well done and covers an important facet of teaching, serving not only to teach the new healthcare practitioner but also to remind seasoned practitioners. Topics are well delineated and organized in sections with clear headings to alert the reader to issues pertinent to that condition. However, I am concerned that it covers elder care but omits pediatric care and, equally important, fails to address why pediatric care is not included.
Assessment: With this type of reference, it is imperative to update and make changes as treatments change. The does not refer to any one specific type of treatment as the "gold standard," which is important as treatment standards vary greatly amongst practitioners and centers, as do their availability. This book probably has a greater audience among nurses, but it would be a useful reference for any individual new to healthcare. It has no bias toward a particular country and thus has international appeal.