Description: This is a handbook of information pertaining to patient education topics. These are presented in an easy-to-access outline form.
Purpose: The purpose and objectives are to provide a teaching framework and content guide for patient education. These objectives are met.
Audience: The book is aimed at healthcare professionals who engage in patient teaching. It is written at an appropriate level. The author's credentials are unknown.
Features: Basic teaching concepts are presented in an outline fashion, organized by physiologic system. Areas of concentration are medications, activity, nutrition, treatment, risk factors, and aftercare. There is also a discussion at the beginning of the book about adult learning principles and forming a teaching plan. The appendix includes home care topics such as home safety, oxygen therapy, and pain management. These home care topics also include learning objectives and patient/caregiver instructions. The selected references are current and appropriate.
Assessment: The nurse's busy schedule does not allow much time for formal patient teaching even though it is a required part of the job. This book is a valuable contribution the patient education aspect of nursing. The basic framework for patient education is provided, allowing nurses to spend time providing education to clients instead of taking time to formulate the plan.