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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: The authors state that this book is the first of its kind to describe the link between and interrelationship of self-care science, nursing theory, and evidence-based practice (EBP). They discuss how self-care theory can be used to enhance patient outcomes in a cost-effective manner.
Purpose: Their purpose is to look at the interrelationship of Orem's theory of self-care, nursing theory, and EBP through the lens of nursing practice, a method that has not been examined before.
Audience: This book is appropriate for nurse theorists, researchers, and students, and would be especially useful for health professionals interested in health-related self-care.
Features: The 10 chapters are grouped into two sections: one on self-care science and nursing theory and one on the practice sciences of the discipline of nursing. The book uses case examples to illustrate the application of the theories to practice and contains many tables and figures that explain terms and the various theories. Two appendixes present a view of nursing theory development, and a detailed self-care requisite.
Assessment: This is an excellent review of the development of self-care deficit theory and the use of self-care in nursing practice. Explanations of the various theories and theory terms are well done and written at a level that novice theorists can relate to. The authors demonstrate how self-care science can be fiscally and effectively applied to the care of patients/clients.