Working with Older People and Their Families

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This important book is based on research done within the John Hartford Foundation's Generalist Physician Initiative. It offers the first detailed analysis of the changing structure and organization of health care delivery systems for elderly people. The contributors describe nine different sites offering primary care in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and show what makes each of these successful care-providers. The book is notable for its geographical spread and the ...
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Overview

This important book is based on research done within the John Hartford Foundation's Generalist Physician Initiative. It offers the first detailed analysis of the changing structure and organization of health care delivery systems for elderly people. The contributors describe nine different sites offering primary care in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and show what makes each of these successful care-providers. The book is notable for its geographical spread and the variability in the sign and implementation of models and caregiving.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This is a preliminary report of the first phase of a 3.5-year Longitudinal Evaluation of the Educational Preparations in the Care of Older People conducted in the U.K. to be completed in 2001. Although presented in terms of contemporary elder care in the U.K., the issues are of a larger global challenge.
Purpose: There are varied purposes. The editors initially indicate the purpose is to "advance the dialogue between the abstract knowledge of professionals and the situated knowledge of those receiving care," purpose requiring a more interactive method than provided by this book. Also the introduction states the purpose is to "advance gerontological education in nursing and to identify an epistemology of practice for those involved in the care of older people." Other contributors to the book indicate purposes such as to "review sources of tensions contributing to the poor status of care provided to older people and "to suggest a more appropriate framework for goals and outcomes of care for the elderly." All of these objectives are critical and commendable, but overly ambitious."
Audience: This book is relevant for all healthcare professionals, educators, and researchers, but most notably for students in the health professions. It should be required reading for healthcare policy makers and analysts. The editors and contributors are well-known British gerontologists.
Features: This book is organized into three parts of nine chapters. The first two chapters provide an introduction and overview to the issues, "setting the scene," if you will. The major part of the book are six chapters reviewing the status of contemporary elder care in six distinct areas: acute and rehabilitation care, community care, continuing care environments, palliative care, mental health, and learning disabilities. The final chapter is aptly titled "Integrating perspectives," as it present a synthesis of themes from the previous chapters. References are excellent.
Assessment: This is a cogent presentation of provocative, global issues in contemporary elder care. For the authors of this book to meet their objectives, the readers must heed their advice and act immediately.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335205608
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
Foreword
Introduction: the changing face of health and social care 1
1 Quality of life, quality of care 4
2 Who's the expert? Redefining lay and professional relationships 19
3 Acute and rehabilitative care for older people 33
4 Community care 53
5 The care needs of older people and family caregivers in continuing care settings 75
6 Palliative care and older people 99
7 The mental health needs of older people and their carers: exploring tensions and new directions 120
8 Older people with learning disabilities: health, community inclusion and family caregiving 139
9 Integrating perspectives 160
App.: Study methodology 179
Bibliography 183
Index 224
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