’This books should certainly been considered by anyone who wants to provide support in the field of diabetic care and management.’
Title: Principles of Diabetes Care, second edition
Author: Anne Phillips
Publisher: Quay Books
Reviewer: Anne Duell, ward sister, Birmingham Community NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
This book is a comprehensive evidenced based presentation of information pertinent for those in the health care environment. The author provides a wide range of data encompassing recent research information from The Health Foundation, NHS England, World Health Organisation along with a broad range of evidence based research.
The author also deals with the increasing issue of individuals who are in the pre-diabetic stage and the importance of education and teaching. This is vital to reduce the epidemic numbers of people being diagnosed with diabetes. The data presented is done in short chapters while are packed full of interesting facts for the readers.
What were the highlights?
The highlights of this book comes from the clear evidence that the majority of the data presented is UK based. It is relevant and recent with much of the presented material being in the last 5 years.
It is cohesive and has an easy to follow structure. It is educational and will appeal to readers of various academic levels of study or research.
Strengths & Weaknesses
As mentioned before, the clear strength of this book is its structure and the authors up to presentation of recent research and evidence based material. It is also a book which can be utilised by patients and their families who may wish to gain a better understanding of diabetes, its impact and how they can support those with diabetes, while looking at ways of reducing the impact of diabetes in their families, specifically those who may be in the pre-diabetes stage.
The only weakness to this book is that being heavily evidence based, research can be superceeded by the time the book is published. Also the research presented may not necessarily be embraced in local clinical settings and therefore may aid the readers to consider whether they can be instruments of change to encourage better understanding of diabetes and its management/prevention in their local communities, whether that is their place of work or their local society.
Who should read it?
This book should be recommended to a broad range of people; certainly would recommended for those working in community; GP’s, community nurses, diabetic specialist nurses and podiatrists, along with any registered nurse who may delay with patients with diabetes or may present to in the pre-diabetic state. This books should certainly been considered by anyone who wants to provide support in the field of diabetic care and management.
principles of diabetes care second edition