- Geriatric nursing
- Medical care -- Needs assessment
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Setting the scene * An overview of the book * The author's perspective * The assessment of older adults * What is assessment? * Older adults - a distinct client group? * Why might assessment of an older adult be difficult? * The political context - assessment reforms * In summary * Key points * Defining 'registered nursing care' and 'nursing needs'* Background * The patient's perspective * Self-concept and nurse role * In pursuit of higher status? * What are nursing needs? * How do individual nurses interpret the nurse role? * In summary * Key points * The role of decisions and judgements as part of the assessment process * What are decisions and judgements? * How are decisions and judgements made? * Investigating how nurses make decisions * Expertise in nursing * In summary * Key points * Making an accurate assessment * How accurate are decisions and judgements? * Errors in judgement * Sources of error related to the nurse * Documentation and communication * In summary * Key points * Sources of information in the assessment process * Sources of information in the assessment process - an overview * The nurse making the assessment * The patient as a source of information * Informal caregivers - the reliability of their information * The interaction between nurse and patient * In summary * Key points * Ethical, professional and legal requirements to involve older adults in decisions about their care * Introduction * Ethical requirements * Professional requirements * Legal requirements * In summary * Key points.
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