Book review: Principles of Assessment and Outcome Measurement for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists: Theory, skills and application

Principles of Assessment and Outcome Measurement for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists: Theory, skills and application.


Author: Alison Laver Fawcett
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Price: £39.99
ISBN: 9781861564801 (1861564805)


This is a useful textbook for occupational therapists and physiotherapists or those studying to become one. Overall, it gives the reader a thorough guide to the core principles behind effective and efficient therapy assessment, and comprehensively addresses its underpinning theory and concepts.


The chapters are well structured, easy to understand and give the reader a complete and thorough overview of the topics covered. The information provided is wide ranging and it addresses issues such as why assessment is important, levels of measurement and concepts such as reliability and validity.


Among the many useful features of this book are short and concise chapter summaries, and the everyday plain language used to describe complex theories and concepts. Definitions are clear and referenced, and there are detailed and systematic case studies, work sheets and study questions.


There is impartial advice regarding the process of selecting appropriate assessments and their application, including models in rehabilitation for categorising dimensions of functioning and disablement, as well as an easy-to-access glossary of terms.


This book would make a vital addition to the shelf of any professional or student in this area, as well as any occupational health service involved in rehabilitation.


Christopher Barnes is post-doctoral research fellow, University of Wolverhampton Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement

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