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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eileen Trigoboff, RN, CS, DNS (Buffalo Psychiatric Center)
Description: This book is a useful reference tool for developing individualized plans of care for a variety of the most commonly seen psychiatric disorders. The last edition was published in 1995. It is organized as a listing of pertinent issues with examples and explanations as well as guidance and goals of care.
Purpose: The purpose, well met, is to contribute in clear language and with clinical examples a powerful professional tool focusing on the client's needs.
Audience: This book is designed to be used by the spectrum of clinical care — from the student to the advanced level practitioner. Interdisciplinary applications may also be derived from this text. Both authors are master's prepared nurses and certified as clinical specialists, making them academically and clinically credible at a high level.
Features: The major diagnostic groups in psychiatry are addressed methodically by exploring the particular manifestations and suggesting multiple psychiatric nursing treatment options. Helpful rationales are provided. The reference list includes both current contributions and the classic standards so often referred to in this specialty area. The index is cross referenced and consistent, the glossary is thoroughly well done, and the appendixes are especially relevant for outcome-based nursing care.
Assessment: The addition of pertinent appendixes and the critical pathways of care further enhance this useful text. The novice will be guided through the appropriate approaches while the expert can add depth and breadth to existing treatment regimens.