Mosby's Patient Teaching Guides St. Louis, MO: Mosby-Year Book, Inc. 220 pp., $49.95 (looseleaf binder)
Mosby's Patient Teaching Guides is presented in a looseleaf notebook format, with dividers for sections and a booklet Mosby's Patient Teaching Tips, placed in the front cover pocket. The pages are meant to be copied and used "as is".
The information, organized in 14 sections, by body system, will be useful for staff nurses, students, and the presenter of staff development sessions. Brief descriptions of the diseases and conditions are practical for both nurses and patients.
This Guide Book is presented from a holistic view, emphasizing that patient teaching is more than the usual set of instructions regarding illness and treatment. The emphasis on support, counseling, and instructing patients on their role in care is excellent. The question and answer format, using the second person, focuses on health promotion. Pages are designed to be photocopied and given to patients and their caregivers to take home. The author emphasizes principles of adult education.
The Patient Teaching Tips booklet is well-written and readable. Conceptual information is condensed into relatively few words, which can effectively either be read carefully or scanned.
The comprehensive, yet concise, treatment of each topic is impressive. Illustrations are well-done. Guides for over 180 conditions and procedures are included. Each guide contains an explanation of diseases, treatments, risk factors and preventive measures.
These guides will be useful in inpatient settings, and especially valuable in ambulatory facilities and physician's offices. The information will assist the educator in preparing nurses to send their patients home better equipped to care for themselves, and will reduce the frustration of nurses who worry that they just cannot find the time for patient teaching.
This is a well-written valuable information source for patients, and a resource and timesaver for nurses. This publication is well worth the purchase price.