Mathematics Explained for Health Care Practitioners

Mathematics Explained for Health Care Practitioners

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By (author) Derek Haylock, By (author) Paul Warburton

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 244mm x 20mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1446211185
  • ISBN 13: 9781446211182
  • Edition: 1

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If you find mathematics a struggle, or if mathematics makes you panic - whether you're a student preparing for a calculations test, or a qualified healthcare professional - this is the book for you. Its focus is first and foremost on helping you develop a proper and lasting understanding of mathematical concepts and processes in a healthcare context, with an emphasis on developing mental strategies to reinforce your feeling for number and numerical relationships. Clear, accessible chapters take you step-by-step through specific sets of objectives, and once you feel you have fully mastered a particular mathematical process, you're encouraged to practise your skills through a range of practical examples. Each chapter also contains a 'Spot the Errors' feature designed to reflect the busy, pressurised healthcare environment. Written by Derek Haylock, a best-selling mathematics educator, and Paul Warburton, co-ordinator of the Non-Medical Prescribing programme at Edge Hill University, the book is directly linked to the NMC's competencies and will give you the confidence to perform the safe, error-free calculations required of all healthcare professionals.

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Derek Haylock is an education consultant and writer in the field of mathematics education. He is a Senior Fellow in Education at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he worked for over 30 years in primary teacher training and in education research. He is a major author in education, with a large number of published books and chapters in books. His best-selling Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers (Sage) has been the leader in the field for many years, with a fourth edition published in 2010. Derek's work is characterized by a commitment to explain mathematics in simple and accessible ways and to enable the subject to be taught and learnt with understanding and confidence. He is married, with two grown-up daughters and three grandsons. Outside of mathematics, he is a Free Church elder, plays the trumpet, and is passionate about classical music, cricket, walking (quickly) and cycling (slowly). Derek Haylock has a website at: http://derek-haylock.blogspot.com/

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'The perfect resource for any health care student that wants to improve their number skills and increase their confidence. The book contains lots of visual aids and exercises, going right back to basics. A must read' - Natasha Eccles, student, BN Child Nursing, University of Glamorgan 'This book is a breath of fresh air. It starts by giving the reader a sound understanding of numeracy, before applying this to real life situations. A must read for every student of health care, and for a fair proportion of those already qualified' - Patric Devitt, University of Salford Although the introduction aims to reassure [the reader], there is a serious message about the importance of numeracy in achieving high standards of care and its relationship to professional accountability. The book is well structured and easy to follow. It reinforces the rules and strategies that are taught at school, which we should all revisit and practise, especially under pressure. I recommend it as a personal reference guide for qualified and pre-registration staff. -- Karen Campbell Cancer Nursing Practice 20131010 [The book] covers all the areas that a healthcare professional will need to improve skills. The book could assist in teaching nursing students, and others, about this important aspect of healthcare practice. -- Ruth Taylor Primary Health Care 20131108

Table of contents

Introduction Understanding the Number System Addition and Subtraction Skills Multiplication and Division Skills Units of Length Units of Liquid Volume Units of Weight Using a Calculator Rounding Calculations with Decimal Numbers Imperial Units Still in Use Understanding Fractions and Ratios Proportionality and 'Per' Percentages Miscellaneous Mathematics Application Answers to Check-ups Index