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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Wendy S Drew, BScN (The Hospital for Sick Children)
Description: This book takes a good look at patient education in the current healthcare environment, focusing on education as a way of empowering patients to take on complex aspects of their own care.
Purpose: The purpose, as stated in the preface, is to discuss patient education throughout the continuum of care and incorporate theory, Canadian references, and research from different disciplines. The objectives are worthy since patients are taking a more active role in their own care and learning to perform complex self care skills. The book is successful in meeting these objectives.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for all healthcare providers, but uses mainly nursing-based examples. The information is applicable to all members of the healthcare team.
Features: The book covers theories and models of patient education, and goes through all the steps of the process from assessment of needs to evaluation of learning. Interesting chapters discuss education resources on the Internet and community-based patient education programs. The book's best features are the concrete, step-by-step examples of the learning process and tools to individualize learning plans. The case studies are particularly interesting and provide concrete examples.
Assessment: Since patient education is a significant and regular part of the continuum of care, this book is relevant for all members of the healthcare team. The information is solidly based on research findings substantiated by relevant clinical examples and case studies. Various aspects of patient education are covered with unique topics that are relevant in today's healthcare environment.