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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Laurel A. Eisenhauer, RN, PhD, FAAN (Boston College School of Nursing)
Description: This book focuses on case management as a professional nursing role. This second edition adds more material related to recent trends in managed care, outcomes evaluation and research, ethical issues, and the implications of information technology.
Purpose: The main purpose of this book is to discuss the "issues shaping case management today." This is accomplished in this well-documented book through extensive references to the literature as well as practical examples of care planning forms and documents used in various healthcare agencies.
Audience: Although unspecified by the authors, the audience would appear to be nurse managers, nursing administrators, and clinical nurse specialists considering the implementation of nursing case management.
Features: There are several useful diagrams and tables; of particular value are the many different forms and documents illustrating how case management has been implemented in a variety of settings. Also included are nursing care maps in addition to those used by other specialties. It is a convenient size for reading and handling.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for nurses interested in knowing more about case management as a professional nursing model and as a method of providing efficient and cost-effective care. It discusses issues and trends affecting case management as well as the planning, implementation, and evaluation of case management. It is well written, and extensively documents trends and research on case management. It also contains useful examples of documents used in various healthcare institutions.