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Patient Care and Professionalism 

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Title: Patient Care and Professionalism 

Author: Catherine D DeAngelis 

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2014

Reviewer:  Jane Brown, Patient Safety advisor, Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust

What was it like?

The title says it all, this is patient focused and patient centred. This book contains 11 chapters covering medicine, nursing, public health, law, leadership, religion, and an interesting chapter on the science of professionalism.

This explores how practitioners and healthcare workers should behave professionally and this gives an insight into how we care for our patients.

What were the highlights? 

This is patient centred and focused. It is apt for this time in healthcare for each practitioner to ensure that they know how to behave professionally. It enables all healthcare professionals to look beyond assessments and diagnosis and to treat patients as individuals.

It is dedicated, at the front of the book by the author, to patients and those who care for them simple but effective. It reminds clinicians of the Hippocratic Oath they took and gives an interesting background history.

The longest chapter within this book covers nursing and professionalism and predictably starts with Florence Nightingale who still today is a nursing leader to learn from.

Although the authors in each chapter are varied this brings different viewpoints to this book.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The book is written by an American author but she, makes comparisons with the US and the UK. There is a chapter dedicated to politics in the UK. Impressively quality and clinical excellence that was born in the late nineties in the form of clinical governance and patient safety and learning from serious incidents –Organisation with a memory (DOH 2000) is still relevant.

This book does not just talk about patients from a practitioner point of view but has a chapter looking at the patients own perspective – how are they treated and how do they feel.

The author expresses valuable insights into professionalism for all healthcare professionals.

In this day and age legal aspects are at the forefront of every practitioner’s thoughts. What I would have liked to have read about is being open and the duty of candour. We have a duty of open and transparentness with our patients.

I was impressed with the chapter relating to religion and the focus on the background to many religions to give the practitioner a greater understanding.

This is a well written book with easy to read chapters and well referenced at the end of the chapters.

Who should read it?

This book is for novices and experts and is a must for any professional in contact with a patient. It is important now and again to look at ones practice and evaluate. This book more than achieves this.


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