Title: Care of People with Diabetes: A Manual of Nursing Practice (third edition)
Author: Trisha Dunning
Publisher: Wiley - Blackwell
Reviewer: Emma Connolly, children’s and young peoples student nurse, University of Salford
What was it like?
From opening the first page of this book I was delighted to see the many aspects covered from the first page to the last. Firstly the book identifies diagnosis and the classification of diabetes, which may be useful for any healthcare professional as well as patients and their families wanting to learn more about diabetes. Secondly the book looks at appropriate nursing models and methods of assessment as well as monitoring diabetes. In addition the book also looks at physiology and pathophysiology states of diabetes including aspects such as hypoglycaemia. Furthermore at the back of this book is a references section where readers of the book may want to conduct some further reading regarding diabetes. From a student nurses perspective this book is easy to read and uses terminology that explains each aspect of diabetes thoroughly.
What were the highlights?
As this book looks at diabetes in detail, one major highlight of this book is the list of abbreviations and symbols at the beginning of the book. This may appeal more to a variety of readers such as healthcare professionals, student nurses or service user’s as terminology is appropriately explained. Furthermore another aspect of this book that I enjoyed is the use of tables using a vibrant, blue font as it breaks down the information into more enjoyable reading instead of reading a vast amount of literature.
Strengths & weaknesses:
When opening the first few pages of this book, I noticed that the book covered an immense amount of information. Furthermore from looking at each chapter, the information is consistently broken down with clear rationale behind the organisation of this book. However one weakness that I noticed is the lack of images used throughout this book, which may aid some readers as they may benefit from being a visual learner.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book for anybody with an interest of diabetes, whether it is a patient living with diabetes, families and carers and healthcare professionals. The book is ideal for gaining a knowledge base regarding diabetes with suggested reading throughout the book for further knowledge development of diabetes. From a student nurses perspective this book would be an invaluable learning resource within a university setting or a clinical practice setting.