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From The CriticsReviewer: Carol Schunk, PsyD, PT (Therapeutic Associates)
Description: This book tackles the difficult topics related to the affective domain, which is an essential part of successful practice in healthcare. Although the reason is not clear, such issues are often minimized in professional education. One explanation is that expertise is generally not available, and the comfort level among faculty in dealing with these topics is low.
Purpose: This text minimizes the uncertainty of teaching these subjects using an interactive style and including participatory exercises in each chapter.
Audience: Reminiscent of a psychology self-help book, students can explore their own values, awareness, and communication style in relation to working with patients. The exercises are probably most beneficial if accompanied by group discussion (such as a classroom) but the organization of the chapters is such that the practicing clinician will also benefit greatly from the content.
Features: Additions to the third edition are positive and timely. Topics such as interviewing and patient education fit into the current focus on patient responsibility. Patient satisfaction is positively influenced by communication skills in a variety of situations, recognition of health behavior, and personal interaction as described in several chapters. The chapters do flow nicely, but it would be possible to use them independently and at different levels in a curriculum. The content of this text is used in practice more consistently than any other technique or modality, but the number of references on these topics is very limited.
Assessment: The skills presented here are those that probably should be reviewed by practitioners on an annual basis as an ethical awareness refresher course. Given the ease of applying the information presented, this book could benefit all those who interact with patients.