Source Book of Geriatric Assessment, VoI 1, Evaluations in Gerontology. Hardcover, 439 pages. VoI 2, Review of Analyzed Instruments. Hardcover, 226 pages. Israel, Kozarevic, and Sartorius, in collaboration with the World Health Organization. New York, Karger, 1984.
This two-volume source book is aimed at identifying, collecting, and classifying evaluative instruments for the elderly; it provides access to the most frequently used instruments and concise information on their characteristics. The content is focused on the multidimensional assessment of the elderly with an emphasis on mental health.
The work is an analysis and synthesis of information aimed at defining and showing the possible application of each instrument. A wide range of tools validated for use in gerontology and previously reported in literature of many disciplines is thus compiled for the users. The types of instruments include questionnaires, checklists, rating scales, and tests. The standardized approach used in presenting the instruments is helpful. Another plus is the overall aim of providing a common language to facilitate multidisciplinary communication. Moreover, the book will be useful for facilitating communication in international research in gerontology.
This excellent two-volume book should be a valuable resource for researchers and nursing practitioners concerned with improving care of the elderly.