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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Monica Parker, RN, MS, CDE (East Carolina University )
Description: This book provides basic information to nurses working with clients with diabetes as well as teaching-learning concepts across the life-span.
Purpose: There are two purposes: to help nurses learn new strategies to better manage diabetes and to serve as a guide for teaching clients using theories of learning and motivation.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for nurses working with clients with diabetes as well as readers who deal with diabetes on a personal level. The book would be useful for students, lay individuals, and all healthcare providers new to the care of individuals with diabetes. It is not intended for those wanting more in-depth information.
Features: The book is divided into two sections. The first section covers basic information about diabetes including pathophysiology, nutrition, exercise, and medication and the second covers the application of teaching and learning of the individuals across the life-span. This area changes rapidly and the author has provided very up-to-date information, especially in the chapter on medications. Also, additional resources are listed that can help readers. The teaching-learning process offers more than just that. It gives excellent information regarding other aspects of dealing with diabetes that one often overlooks, such as depression, financial issues, and issues of those with special needs. More information in some of the earlier chapters would have been helpful, especially in the nutrition section.
Assessment: The author should be credited for putting this book together. This book should be used as a primer for the beginning practitioner as well as a resource for students in the healthcare professions. Its value lies in the fact that it offers guidance on how to teach using theories as well as pointing out those things that may hinder a person from learning.