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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anita Nelson Niehues, MS, OTR/L(Univ of Illinois at Chicago Coll of Associated Health Professions)
Description: This textbook provides a comprehensive understanding of the theory, process, and implementation of effective consultation in a variety of traditional and nontraditional settings that use occupational therapy services.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive textbook from which to develop a practice that is appropriate and current with trends in the health care system. It is a practical and timely guide; occupational therapy continues to expand and diversify to meet health care needs more effectively, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Audience: The book is written for faculty, students, and practitioners and addresses theoretical principles and practical applications of consultation across a variety of practice settings. Authors and contributors meaningfully weave together specific case examples representing diverse client populations with the benefits of a consultative approach to service delivery.
Features: Information can be accessed easily from the table of contents, the index, and the appendixes. The appendixes provide particularly useful resources, including lists of organizations that might help plan and establish a consultation practice or serve as contacts for client populations, samples of contracts for services, codes of ethics for both occupational therapists and private practitioners, and lists of additional readings. Chapters are illustrated clearly and meaningfully with line drawings representing data; the illustrations enhance the concepts presented. Visually, the book appears clean, concise, and authoritative.
Assessment: This is an excellent, comprehensive textbook providing theoretical and practical perspectives on current occupational therapy consultation practices and the potential future within the changing marketplace of health care systems. It will be useful to faculty, students, and practitioners as they implement new and more effective means to provide health care through the use of occupational therapy consultation. I recommend this book to individuals, organizations, and universities as a resource to enhance unde rstanding and application of occupational therapy consultation.