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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celeste Taylor-Ryman, BSN, CPON (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This book compiles numerous assessment tools to analyze the quality of life for patients with cancer, their families, and caregivers. It is well researched and has a section listing the different assessment tools.
Purpose: It is intended as a reference for nursing students and oncology nurses who work in a variety of settings — inpatient units, hospice, and research — for evaluating quality of life. Although these are worthy objectives, very little of the book focuses on tools to improve quality of life.
Audience: The target audience is healthcare professionals and students who are involved in oncological care. This is an academically-oriented book that gives great support to master's level nursing educators.
Features: This book presents a large number of assessment tools to evaluate quality of life for different types of oncology patients. The appendix has evaluations of quality of life tools that are specific to children, adults, and teens, bone marrow transplantation, etc. This is particularly helpful in assisting practitioners in evaluations. The shortcoming is that the book focuses primarily on evaluating tools and fails to foster creativity in assisting caregivers in developing tools to improve quality of life.
Assessment: This is a great book for a collection of assessment tools. The chapters on quality of life in Europe add more interest, detailing what other countries are doing.