Assessing Older Persons By Robert L. Kane and Rosalie A. Kane; 2000; New York: Oxford University Press; 542 pages; $59.95
An updated sequel to Kane's 1981 classic Assessing the Elderly: A Practical Guide to Measurement, this comprehensive book provides a critical examination of the various assessment tools by domain, and the application of these tools.
The book begins with a general discussion on the selection and use of an assessment tool, covering the domains for assessing older persons. Major instruments in each domain are reviewed. Information critical to determine when, how, and with whom each instrument should be used is included. Essential psychometric information about each instrument and caveats about their uses are included.
Two important areas covered are assessing family caregivers and the physical environment of the older adult. Awareness of the vast number of famuy caregivers is more prevalent in current society, and measures must be taken to assess what formal services and programs need to be designed to help relieve the burden of family caregivers and provide a safer environment for the older adult.
A discussion on the application of assessment tools includes comprehensive geriatric assessment, to help integrate medial care with social support in developing community programs; care planning; long-term case management; and mandated assessment A new addition is a discussion of the assessment of older adults who cannot communicate. The conclusion summarizes accomplishments in geriatric assessment and identifies challenges in the development and application of new assessment tools.
This book contains a plethora of geriatric assessment tools in a format that simplifies their use. It is a valuable reference for the library of any health care professional involved in the care of older adults.