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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary E. Riner, MN, RN (Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: This handbook provides quick access to succinct education material needed by patients and families in managing their own care. As healthcare continues to shift to ambulatory surgery, care in the home, the school, and the work setting, readers will find this a valuable resource in addressing education needs of a diverse client population.
Purpose: The purpose is to focus healthcare providers on what is essential to discuss with the patient. It is based on standards addressed by the JCAHO. The authors seek to provide information to enhance patient and family knowledge and skills necessary to promote recovery; make informed decisions that are based on individual needs, abilities, and preferences; promote safe and effective use of medications, equipment, and supplies; support the patient's nutritional status; and facilitate follow-up care and accessing of community resources.
Audience: This book is designed for the clinical practitioner who already understands the clinical mechanisms of the disease or disability. It provides assistance to the student seeking to organize vast amounts of information for acute and community-based patients.
Features: Each topic includes information on six categories. The topic begins with a brief definition. The signs and symptoms of the disease or disorder are those a patient would be taught to expect or observe. Similarly, the complications included are those directly associated with the disease. Diagnostic tests are listed with a brief explanation of their purpose. A reminder to provide detailed information about each of the ordered tests is given at the beginning of each list. A general listing of medical management specific to the disease, disorder, or procedure follows.
Assessment: The easy-to-use format will make this a valuable resource for the practitioner. The material is concisely organized from a patient's needs viewpoint and easily used for reference by the practitioner.