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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This quick reference will guide readers through each step of the health assessment. The inclusion of delegation considerations is an important addition. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a useful resource to anyone conducting a physical or health assessment in any clinical setting. This worthy objective is met.
Audience: The target audience includes either students or experts who just want a quick refresher or reference for those assessment points not often used.
Features: The book starts in a traditional fashion with critical thinking and decision-making, then health history and preparing for the examination. The subsequent sections are according to body systems and end with nutritional assessment. The appendixes are very good charts that include typical Snellen chart and temperature ranges, but also information about healthy eating, including vegetarian diets. The new features in this edition emphasize normal and abnormal findings, advanced assessment skills, and patient education tips.
Assessment: There are many health assessment guides on the market. Most follow similar formats. One example is Nursing Health Assessment: Clinical Pocket Guide, by Dillon (F.A. Davis, 2004), in which the emphasis is on validation of findings. This sixth edition addresses the new emphasis on patient-focused care with patient education tips. It also contains more quick reference tables. These changes were necessary for the book to compete in the current market.