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From The CriticsReviewer: Retta P Johnson, B.S, OT, MA, Allied Health Sci(University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: This is the premiere publication for occupational therapists working in the practice area of physical rehabilitation. It is a well-organized and updated version of a book originally published in 1981and last published in 1996.
Purpose: The book provides readers with an excellent tool for introduction into the practice area of adult rehabilitation for physical dysfunction. It also presents information relevant to the changes that have occurred in healthcare over recent years and information related to contemporary approaches to occupational therapy (OT) practice. The book is an invaluable tool for the OT practitioner who treats adults with physical disabilities. It is the foundation OT literature for this treatment area and is the benchmark for others like it. The new edition far surpasses past editions in both organization and content.
Audience: This is an excellent book for both OT students and OT practitioners who treat clients in an adult rehabilitation setting. The authors have done an excellent job of providing concise, clear, and well-organized information on the many diagnoses and treatment contexts specific to this area of practice. The book meets the needs of seasoned therapists, entry-level practitioners, and students alike. The chapters are written by clinicians who are considered authorities in the field.
Features: There are several new features which add to this edition's organization and content. There is a new system for organization of the material, which makes for excellent flow from one chapter to the next, and this edition has six parts as compared to four previously. In addition, clearly written learning objectives are a part of each chapter. Key terms are discussed at the beginning of each chapter, and well organized and thought-provoking review questions are a useful reflection of content in each chapter. The first part of the book closely details occupational performance and models for practice, followed by a chapter that looks not only at OT's roots and past history, but also changing practice trends in adult rehabilitation. The second part provides useful information related to OT process and practice, including an introduction to evidence-based practice, treatment contexts, prevention of injury and physical dysfunction, and infection control. This part expands upon previous editions and covers pertinent information related to evaluation, treatment planning, goal-setting, and documentation based upon the model of evidenced-based practice. Part three includes a chapter on leisure activities not covered in previous editions, and the chapter on assistive technology has been expanded to include more in-depth information and useful photographs for effective instruction of current technology accessible to therapists and their clients. It also contains an excellent chapter on mobility, which covers the rehabilitative approach to functional ambulation, wheelchair assessment and transfers, and community mobility and transportation. Part four closely examines performance components, carefully detailing motor control theory and evaluation, and includes a new chapter on pain management.
Assessment: This is a beautifully updated addition to the OT literature and stands as the benchmark for other books in the field. It has been expanded in many areas and has a more organized approach to presentation than in previous editions. As an instructor in the area of physical dysfunction, I could not ask for a better text to provide my students, and I know that it will be used for years to come as my students enter the field of OT practice and become peers in our profession.