Description: This book is designed to serve as a repository of all validated Parkinson's disease rating scales. Because there have been many ratings scales employed in the management of Parkinson's disease, this book helps to present the best evidence to support the role of these instruments.
Purpose: It aims to provide a comprehensive, evidence-based review of the various rating instruments used in the organization and understanding of Parkinson's disease care. These objectives are important and worth pursuing and, even more important, they are achieved by the authors and editors.
Audience: The book provides "an informative manual that directs investigators and clinicians on how to select the right tool from the different rating scales available to measure the multiple domains pertinent to PD." As such, it is intended for all healthcare professionals who are either learning about Parkinson's disease or are involved in the care of a patient with the condition.
Features: The first of the book's three major sections covers interpretation and validation data. The second is geared toward specific impairments and disabilities and the third section covers nonmotor aspects of Parkinson's. The book is comprehensive and authoritative, and uses a writing style that is easy to digest and understand.
Assessment: This excellent book summarizes the state of the art of Parkinson's disease ratings scale. It should be in every medical and hospital library where Parkinson's disease patients are managed.