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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored book reviews systems of care for older persons.
Purpose: Its purpose is to provide an evidence-based assessment of the need for care of older persons and ways of providing the care needed.
Audience: This book is aimed at geriatricians, social gerontologists, and those who design, measure, and implement systems of care for older persons.
Features: The organization is excellent, including discussions aimed at the major levels of care. The bibliographic/essay nature of many of the chapters is exceptionally well-cited with the best and most germane references.
Assessment: This thoughtful book is written by leaders in the field of geriatric medicine. For each major point on the line representing the "continuum of care" so often spoken of in geriatrics, the contributors give evidence for the system of care that best meets the needs of older persons. For all persons contemplating program development in any area of caring for older persons, this book will provide much thoughtful information.