Description: This is a well developed resource for patients with spinal cord injuries and their families. It assists readers in developing a framework for understanding the condition and becoming better prepared to manage the life changes associated with it.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information to patients with spinal cord injuries, their families and loved ones, and caregivers. The information is designed to lead to a basic understanding of the underlying disabilities, current medical treatments, rehabilitation options, and research directions. The authors do a nice job of meeting the objectives.
Audience: The audience includes patients, their families/loved ones, and caregivers. The book has been developed under the auspices of the American Academy of Neurology by two experienced and knowledgeable neurologists.
Features: The book is written to assist non-medical readers in obtaining a clear understanding of spinal cord injuries. The book is organized into chapters that focus on answering pertinent questions for readers. Diagrams enhance understanding and Internet resources are listed for further information.
Assessment: This is a well written reference for non-medical readers who are trying to acquire a better understanding of spinal cord injuries. The hope is that better informed patients are able to more actively participate in the decision making and execution of their own care. This approach to medical care helps to improve the doctor-patient partnership and empowers the patient during this difficult time.