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From The CriticsReviewer: Elizabeth Walker Peterson, MPH, OTR/L(Univ of Illinois at Chicago Coll of Associated Health Professions)
Description: This is a new edition of a deservedly well-used textbook that describes occupational therapy practice in the area of physical dysfunction.
Purpose: The purpose of this text is fourfold: (1) to introduce occupational therapy practice in physical dysfunction; (2) to support the preparation of the student for occupational therapy practice with adults who have acquired physical disabilities; (3) to teach skills necessary for beginning practice in occupational therapy for physical dysfunction; and (4) to provide a foundation for the development of clinical reasoning skills. The textbook meets its stated objectives by first describing a conceptual system to guide occupational therapy practice in physical disabilities, then addressing relevant administrative and clinical issues via new or expanded chapters.
Audience: This book is appropriate for use by occupational therapy students in baccalaureate and entry-level master's degree programs and as a reference for occupational therapy practitioners. Readers of earlier editions will not be disappointed by the editor's ability to capture the expanded scope of current occupational therapy practice.
Features: This text is attractive and user-friendly. Figures are found throughout in the form of black-and-white photographs, schematic drawings (often illustrating procedures), evaluation forms, and charts. Tables and boxes further present or summarize important information in many of the chapters. References appear to be carefully selected. Use of the textbook as a teaching and learning resource is enhanced by the new study guide accompanying this edition.
Assessment: Although acknowledging that trends in therapy are ever-evolving, this book captures state-of-the-art practice while describing fundamental concepts that consistently guide clinical decision making. The editor and contributors represent a respected tradition of practice and provide a clear description of occupational therapy's unique role in physical dysfunction. These characteristics are reflected in this comprehensive text through chapters that are well developed, clearly organized, and concisely written.