Dermatology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

ISBN: 9780826136435
ISBN-10: 0826136435
Copyright: 2015
Edition: 1st
Authors: Lyons, Faye, Ousley, Lisa,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 72
Reviewer: Patricia Wong,  MD  (Private Practice)
This is a synopsis of the diagnosis and treatment of 60 frequently encountered skin diseases. It is assumed readers already possess a strong background in the fundamentals of dermatology and good clinical diagnostic skills.
The purpose is to assist dermatology nurses in managing the care of dermatology patients.
The audience includes RNs and nurse practitioners.
A color photo of each entity is accompanied by brief discussions of etiology/pathophysiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment options. Factors determining when to obtain a dermatology consult are discussed for most entities. The emphasis is on treatment and patient education. There are four decision trees based on clinical morphology, body region, and presence or absence of itching/pain to help narrow the differential diagnosis. There is no discussion of how to differentiate among the possibilities of similar conditions that may mimic a specific disease. The photographs vary in quality and the detail shown. The appendix contains a dictionary of commonly used dermatologic terms.
This is meant to be a quick reference for looking up treatment options, a basic fact about a disease, and reviewing diagnostic possibilities. I see this most helpful as a therapeutic reference. For an "on the spot" reference, nurses may want to have this book handy when seeing patients in a clinic.
Review Questionnaire
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1-10 Are the author's objectives met? 6
1-10 Rate the worthiness of those objectives. 8
1-5 Is this written at an appropriate level? 5
1-5 Is there significant duplication? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 3
1-5 Are there significant omissions? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 3
1-5 Rate the authority of the authors. 3
1-5 Are there sufficient illustrations? 5
1-5 Rate the pedagogic value of the illustrations. 3
1-5 Rate the print quality of the illustrations. 3
1-5 Are there sufficient references? 5
1-5 Rate the currency of the references. 4
1-5 Rate the pertinence of the references. 4
1-5 Rate the helpfulness of the index. 4
1-5 If important in this specialty, rate the physical appearance of the book 3
1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 6
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A