AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care: Tools for Practice

ISBN: 9781581102826
ISBN-10: 1581102828
Copyright: 2009
Edition: 1st
Editors: McInerny, Thomas K., Adam, Henry M., Campbell, Deborah E., Kamat, Deepak M., Kelleher, Kelly J.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 91
Reviewer: Lois  Gesn,  MD  (Ochsner Health Center - Baton Rouge)
This resource, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a companion to its AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care by the same authors, contains the forms and questionnaires commonly used in a general pediatric practice. The appendixes offer procedures for pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation, outpatient procedures, and preventive pediatric healthcare. The format, with its softcover and standard, letter size pages with text offset from the spine, makes it easy to copy forms for chart use and distribution.
The intent is to provide a quick reference tool containing chartable healthcare forms and questionnaires. Proactive, preventive, and several specific condition healthcare forms are well represented. More than 20 developmental screening tools are tabulated and rated as to usefulness and cost, with purchase information provided.
General pediatricians and pediatric residents are the intended audience. Practitioners will find this a useful adjunct for office visit documentation. Residents will find the forms useful reminders for developing competence during their ambulatory rotations in general pediatrics.
The bulk of the book is documentation forms for preventive care and questionnaires for developmental and behavioral screening. Patient care forms are available for condition-specific issues including ADHD, asthma, autism, injury, prevention, and obesity. There are also care plans for the special needs child. The forms may be copied from the book, but most are available online at aap.org/bookstore or, with a subscription, at pediatriccareonline.org. Many of the development and behavioral screening tools may be purchased through the web sites cited in the text. The remainder of the book is composed of four useful appendixes. The appendix on pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation provides a concise yet thorough review for assessing and managing the mechanical and chemical resuscitation of the child in cardiopulmonary arrest. The outpatient procedures appendix provides diagrams and clear instructions for vascular access, body fluid collection, airway management, and circumcision. The reference range appendix includes busy charts for age-specific lab values and nutrient content of formulas and other nutritional supplements, as well as blood pressure nomograms. Lastly, a two-page, fold-out chart delineating the Bright Futures preventive healthcare guidelines is included.
This is certainly useful as a quick hands-on documentation tool for the outpatient pediatric practice. However, most of the forms are available online and may need to be updated periodically. The appendixes may find their pages more worn as they provide practitioners user-friendly reviews of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and outpatient procedures. Overall, this is a well organized, useful tool for general pediatricians or pediatric trainees.
Review Questionnaire
Range Question Score
1-10 Are the author's objectives met? 10
1-10 Rate the worthiness of those objectives. 10
1-5 Is this written at an appropriate level? 5
1-5 Is there significant duplication? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 5
1-5 Are there significant omissions? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 4
1-5 Rate the authority of the authors. 5
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. 5
1-5 Rate the pertinence of the references. 5
1-5 Rate the helpfulness of the index. N/A
1-5 If important in this specialty, rate the physical appearance of the book N/A
1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 8
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A