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Mathematics Explained for Healthcare Practitioners

Mathematics Explained for Healthcare Practitioners

January 2013 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

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
Calculations with Decimal Numbers
Imperial Units Still in Use
Understanding Fractions and Ratios
Proportionality and 'Per'
Miscellaneous Mathematics
Answers to Check-ups


This book explains mathematics in such a way as to make the reader understand how to work out medication calculations, rather than just remember parrot fashion how to arrive at the correct answer in known circumstances

Mrs Kate Harrison
Education Centre 1, Lancashire Teaching Hospital
June 26, 2015

Very useful for both pre-reg and CPD students

Mrs Julie Longson
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University
August 12, 2014

For many nuses and midwives mathematic's can be a frightening subject and often the issue that raises most worries. This text will go a long way to helping reduce these fears.It is clear and easy to navigate through and the examples and explainations of the process will enable understanding. It is written simply, and gives clear objectives for each chapter. I really like the "have a check up" sections and also like how the authors have used everyday references to help with context too. I would certainly suggest that this is a book that should be held in each ward to ensure clarity in the maths process at all levels.

Ms Joanne O'Donnell
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Univ. of Manchester
July 10, 2014

A good book to supplement development of mathematics for healthcare practitioners

Mrs Elaine Simpson
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
June 3, 2014

easy to understand with clear examples throughout, good question and answers, spot the errors section excellent, will help develop understanding for students.

Mrs Elaine Simpson
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
May 22, 2014

I believe this text would be more suitable for 3rd Year students. I feel that the text could be more visually appealing .As some students respond to colour and graphics to help them learn. I found the "error activities" useful for the students.

Miss Delyth Owen
Faculty of Health (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
April 3, 2014

OK, for some learners but may not suit all. I have a range of text as students relate to them differently

Mrs Trudi Neenan
Dept of Health Sciences, York University
February 11, 2014

Book is well presented in a logical manner. The book has practical examples for which students are able to work through in their own time.

Will discuss with lead for numeracy

Mrs Tracy Kilbourn
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
February 6, 2014

This is one of three textbooks i recommend to students regarding drug calculations as different books help different people.

Ms Alison Busby
Health , university of manchester
February 4, 2014

This book we enable midwifery students to deal confidently and competently with drug calculations.

Mrs Yetunde Akinnuoye
Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
November 29, 2013