Index of Client Behaviors with page numbers listed on inside covers.
Concept Mapping and the use of Concept Care Map Plans introduced in Chapter 1.
Organized by DSM-5 and NANDA diagnoses.
Nursing diagnoses and interventions include the definition, possible etiologies ("Related to ..."), defining characteristics ("Evidenced by ..."), objectives broken down to show long- and short-term goals, interventions with selected rationales, and desired patient outcomes/discharge criteria.
Each psychiatric disorder lists background assessment data, predisposing factors, symptomatology, and nursing diagnoses and nursing interventions commonly associated with the disorder.
Unit on psychotropic drug classifications covers anti-anxiety agents, antidepressants, mood stabilizing agents, antipsychotics, antiparkinsonian drugs, sedative hypnotics, and agents for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Indications, route, and dosage listed for individual drugs as well as for classifications.
Communication interventions in the care plans reinforce the emphasis on therapeutic communication.
Clinical Pearl boxes highlight must-know information and interventions for diagnoses
Helpful rating scales appear in the appendices, including the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale, and Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale