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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a practical guide to the essentials of home healthcare nursing. It includes an introduction to home healthcare, a description of common disorders found in home healthcare practice, and therapeutic interventions such as therapeutic nutrition and pharmacology for these disorders .
Purpose: This handbook was created because healthcare is quickly moving to the community, including the home. The editors sought to produce a small, easy-to-use reference for medical-surgical nursing care in the home.
Audience: The intended audience is the student and practicing nurse delivering care in the home setting. The objectives are worthy and admirably met. The editors and contributors are credible authorities on the subject matter.
Features: This book is a compact resource for the student or nurse practicing in home health. It covers all of the areas essential to home healthcare including an overview of reimbursement policies of the federal and state governments and private insurance companies, the home health visit with instructions as to its content, home healthcare documentation, hospice care, and common disorders addressed in the home, with the appropriate therapeutic intervention. Diet and drug therapy are emphasized.
Assessment: There are numerous texts written about community/public health which are required reading for students of community health. There are few home healthcare texts and even fewer texts that cover this topic as clearly, succinctly, and thoroughly as this handy guide. Its small size is very convenient for carrying into the home and its comprehensive discussions of all aspects of home care are very beneficial to both the student and more experienced practitioner. This is a compact, easy-to-read, and excellent reference which this reviewer highly recommends.