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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marianne H. Hutti, DNS, RNC, OGNP (University of Louisville School of Nursing)
Description: The book contains community-based nurse practitioner protocols and patient education materials to be used in the management of common gynecologic conditions. It is a new edition that contains an updated bibliography and new protocols on postcoital contraception, Depo-Provera, chronic pelvic pain, abdominal pain, pelvic mass, endometrial biopsy, and scabies. New patient education materials are also included.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide current protocols for community-based nurse practitioner practice related to common gynecologic problems. It is useful because many states now require that nurse practitioners practice under written protocols. These protocols could be easily modified or used as written.
Audience: The book is intended to be used by nurse practitioners who manage common gynecologic problems of women. Women's health, adult, and family nurse practitioners may find this book particularly useful. Several sections would be useful to gerontology nurse practitioners as well.
Features: Few illustrations are used, but the book is not underillustrated because it is not meant to be a textbook. The references have been updated and appear current and pertinent. The book is attractive and easy to read. The oral contraceptive protocol contains useful tables on headache evaluation, drug interactions, and formulation and dosage of particular pills, including pills containing the newer progestins. A large section of patient education materials is included and may be copied for clients without copyright infringement.
Assessment: This protocol book would be useful to any nurse practitioner working extensively with women. The revised edition, with all of its new information, warrants replacement of an older edition. The primary weakness of the book is in the reading level of the patient education material. Most of it is written at the college level and could not be understood by clients in many settings without significant modification.