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O Dreeben Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 40 Tall Pine Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776, USA; 2010. Soft Cover, 474 pages, CAN $71.95 ISBN 978-0-7637-5544-7.
O. Dreeben’s text is a comprehensive look into all subjects related to patient education. The format is orderly, detailed and reads much like a course textbook. It includes 5 sections divided into 19 chapters covering many topics, most importantly: significance and historical outlook; adherence predictors; communication and behavioural modifications; teaching and learning theories; developmental stages; ethical, legal and cultural variables; motor performance; older adults; and wellness, health promotion and disease prevention.
The text is written from the perspective of American physical and occupational therapists and does not cover manual therapists of other types or nationalities. There is some repetition in certain sections, including double introductions, sentence repetition and an overuse of tables.
The information provided on educational methods, patient motivation, adherence, and working with special populations is useful for most practitioners. Dreeben also includes internet based education and legal issues, making this textbook more currently applicable. Case studies, as well as clinical and classroom teaching examples aid the practitioner to use the information in a variety of settings. The author also emphasizes patient-centered and evidence based approaches, which is very important in today’s clinical climate.
Overall, I recommend this text to students and clinicians who aim to improve their patient teaching skills and therefore their clinical outcomes.