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From The CriticsReviewer: Christine Frazer, PhD, CNE (Walden University)
Description: This book sets out the key components of successful patient education for rehabilitation healthcare professionals. Each section uses case studies to apply theory.
Purpose: The purpose is to expand the role of physical and occupational therapists and assistants as patient educators in order to achieve positive patient outcomes. This expanded role enables rehabilitation professionals to assess, enhance, and apply appropriate instructional strategies and approaches to improve patient outcomes.
Audience: The book is appropriate for both students and physical and occupational therapists in rehabilitation. The author has a background in physical therapy.
Features: The book details the historical development of patient education in American healthcare and physical and occupational rehabilitation before exploring specific communication and instructional strategies used to promote optimal patient outcomes. It is comprehensive in its presentation of teaching and learning theories, models of instruction, learning styles, and the cognitive and psychosocial stages of development. Excellent tables address and summarize key material.
Assessment: This is an excellent book on patient education in rehabilitation. The instruction provided to students and professionals in occupational and physical therapy will promote and lead to positive patient outcomes. Comprehensive books such as Physical Rehabilitation, 5th edition, O'Sullivan and Schmitz (F. A. Davis, 2007), cover system assessments and common medical conditions in need of physical or occupational rehabilitation, but fail to provide insights into effective patient education, a key component for successful patient outcomes.