New book from HPP is an essential text on assessing late-stage dementia

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New book from HPP is an essential text on assessing late-stage dementia

Baltimore, MD (April 2015) — Health Professions Press has just released Assessment Scales for Advanced Dementia, by internationally recognized pioneers of the late-stage dementia field Dr. Ladislav Volicer and Ann Hurley, R.N., DNSc, FAAN. Now available in print and e-book format, Assessment Scales for Advanced Dementia brings together in one collection the best evidence-based measurement scales available for researchers and care providers.

With proven reliability and validity, the 11 scales presented in this book are effective in eliciting meaningful data from study subjects, patients, and long-term care residents whose dementia -related communication difficulties reduce their ability to self-report or respond in traditionally measured ways.

“We recognize that it is difficult to measure the concepts that make quality of care operational in persons with advanced dementia,” say authors Volicer and Hurley, “because these individuals cannot report how they feel. Thus, research staff and caregivers must conduct observations to infer levels of well-being or other states for persons with dementia.”

This book is the toolkit to guide those observations. The scales in this book accurately assess the domains of dementia severity, satisfaction with care, symptom management, comfort during dying, quality of life, activity involvement, discomfort, pain, quality of visits, agitation, and rejection of care. A quick-reference summary chart of the scales helps researchers and care providers decide which scale is right for their research and intervention goals. Its user-friendly format also offers downloadable PDFs of all forms found in the book. Additionally, each scale also includes the much-sought-after original published research article outlining the development and testing of the scale.

“Any book written by Volicer and Hurley needs attention,” asserts Dr. Jo Hockley, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. “At a time when there is considerable interest in the palliative care needs of people with advanced dementia, this ‘tour de force’ on the development/psycho-metric testing of 11 tools will be invaluable to both researchers and practitioners wanting to develop better care.”

Assessment Scales for Advanced Dementia is a culmination of more than 20 years of research on late-stage dementia, and is a unique and indispensable collection for any researcher or practitioner in the dementia care field.

Assessment Scales for Advanced Dementia ($69.99)
is now available in print format (and available for pre-order in e-book format). For more information, visit


About Health Professions Press, Inc.
Health Professions Press, Inc. (Baltimore, Maryland) is a publisher of high-quality educational resources for professionals interested in wellness and aging, long-term care, elder care, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and healthcare management. Visit to learn more about this independent company, its vision, mission, and ever-growing list of publications.

About the Authors
Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., FAAN, FGSA
, is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He has published more than 250 articles and chapters, and edited four books on the clinical management of dementia. Formerly Clinical Director of the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the VA Hospital in Bedford, MA, he teachers in his retirement at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL); the 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic); and the University of Western Sydney (Australia).

Ann C. Hurley, R.N., D.N.Sc., FAAN, is Senior Nurse Scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Nursing Excellence (Boston, MA). She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, chapters, and books, and has collaborated for more than 20 years in a program of interdisciplinary research targeted to improve care for persons with advanced dementia.

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