Includes: The CAGE questionnaire : validation of a new alcoholism screening instrument / Mayfield, Ry Demmie / McLeod, Gail / Hall, Patricia -- To drink or not to drink : an experimental analysis of group drinking decisions by four alcoholics / Goldman, Mark S. -- Screening for alcohol abuse using CAGE scores and likelihood ratios / Buschbaum, David G. ; [et al.] -- Comparison of CAGE questionaire and computer-assisted laboratory profiles in screening for covert alcoholism / Beresford, Thomas P. [et al.] -- Knowledge, attitudes, and reported practices of medical students and house staff regarding the diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism / Geller, Gail [et al.]
Provides healthcare professionals with questionnaires, instruments, and clinical concepts for assessing geriatric patients. Includes material on depression assessment, adherence to medical treatment, substance abuse, recognizing elder abuse and prevention of functional decline.
This comprehensive guide to geriatric pain management provides the most current information available on assessment and treatment of pain in older adults. In a concise, reader-friendly format, the book provides techniques, tips, and tools for assessing pain and examines barriers to appropriate treatment. It addresses the physiological and psychosocial factors underlying the process and occurrence of pain and helps nurses to develop a comprehensive multimodal approach to pain management that includes pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions. The guide provides detailed coverage of medications commonly used for pain management, including all contraindications and side effects, so that nurses will be able to evaluate the best use of a medication in the context of comorbidities and sensitivities of each individual. Also addressed are chronic illnesses common to the elderly population, palliative and hospice care, treatment of concurrent depression and anxiety, treatment of cognitively impaired elderly, and techniques for assessment and intervention in cases of substance abuse.
Review: "Noted critic, novelist and essayist Sheed recounts his recovery from three major illnesses in this highly personal, torturous, oddly exhilarating chronicle. The first illness, polio, struck in 1945 when he was 14. With unbridled optimism, Sheed struggled for years with a disease that ``seemed much more like a vacation from the pains of growing up than an addition to them.'' The book's centerpiece, his plunge into depression triggered by addiction to sleeping pills and alcohol in his mid-50s, unfolds a nightmare of panic attacks, manic highs, proliferating phobias and suicidal dementia. Sheed found scant relief through a stay in a sanatorium, antidepressants or lithium, on all of which he heaps scorn. His recovery seemed to follow its own logic and inner mechanisms of healing. Diagnosed with cancer in 1991, he underwent operations of the tongue and neck, as well as radiation treatments, a two-year ordeal he describes with wit and gallantry." -- Reed Elsevier Inc.