MTGP has been a cornerstone text in massage curricula since its first edition in 1998. Since then it has evolved to meet both the changing needs in massage therapy education, and changing information in the field of pathology and massage therapy research. The 6th edition puts increased focus on understanding pathology concepts and how they impact practical application in the session room. Using well-established educational building blocks, it takes learners from key-word vocabulary through to complex decision-making in its signature accessible, friendly style.
This best-selling pathology book, continues to set the standard through up-to-date, evidence-based content, an outstanding full color illustration program, and a friendly, accessible writing style. With skill and passion, respected author and lifelong educator Ruth Werner makes pathology fascinating and understandable for massage therapy students and prepares them to make professional choices that result in the best possible outcomes for clients living with a wide range of diseases and conditions.
To ensure competent, safe practice, the Sixth Edition now emphasizes evidence-informed practice and offers a stronger focus on helping students develop the clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills they will need for complex decision- making. Well-established educational building blocks take learners from key word vocabulary through to more complex skills, and a wide range of enhanced in-text and online learning aids help ensure content mastery.
Incorporating the latest research and information on more than 20 newly covered pathologies, the Sixth Edition is now ELAP-compliant, has testing formats that better prepare students for the MBLEx exam, and has been updated to be consistent with the DSM-V.
- Over 500 conditions are discussed with conclusions that suggest massage benefits, risks, options for special strategies when appropriate, and a brief summary of recent pertinent research with links to peer-reviewed articles.
- Elaborate print and electronic art program, with interactive labels in the electronic resources that allow students do labeling exercises from the book.
- Connecting Learning to Practice: Case histories, sidebars on cancer staging protocols, and spotlights on famous figures put a face on the condition and help the student remember what they are learning.
- In text/ebook links to pertinent videos and animations that can deepen understanding and help students retain what they are learning.
- A full suite of electronic instructor materials including expanded chapter objectives with a test bank keyed to them; Power Point slides with embedded images; image bank; and lecture notes
New to this edition:
- Chapter objectives, Review Questions and Test Bank have been completely updated to be Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) www.elapmassage.org -compliant;
- Overarching learning objectives appear in the beginning of each chapter, while a condition-specific list appears in the instructor resources to help guide and customize the students' learning based on the conditions covered in the program.
- Review and test bank questions are keyed to specific chapter objectives for easy use by educators.
- Review and test bank questions are ranked as level 1 ("receive and respond") and level 2 ("application of concepts") to better reflect the MBLEx exam and prepare students.
- The Werner Test Generator and the Quiz Bank format are compatible with MBLEx, to help students get accustomed to the standardized testing format.
- Greater emphasis on Critical Thinking: Open-ended "What Would You Do?" questions are in each chapter to stimulate discussion, further research, or student projects that emphasize the ability to synthesize, organize and prioritize information.
- Greater Emphasis on Research: A new section, "Research" now appears with the "risks, benefits and options" tables; this summarizes current published massage therapy research in the context of the condition under discussion. Helping students get comfortable with research literacy and evidence based practice.
- Vocabulary keyword definitions now appear in the margins of the text where the word is used in context, as well as in the glossary; and audio links available in the electronic versions help students study and retain key terminology.
- Sections on Adverse Effects and Evidence-Informed Practice now appears in Chapter 1 to further reinforce the importance of better informed practice.
- Updated Chapter 4, Nervous System Conditions, has been restructured and augmented in order to comply with DSM-5 standards (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed., 2013)
- Update section on "Demographics" for each condition provides context for the commonness or rarity of conditions among different massage populations.
- Section on most frequently prescribed drugs now appears in Medications, appendix A and how that affects massage clients and massage therapy.
- Section on how to use internet databases PubMed and Google Scholar now appear in Evidence-Informed Practice, appendix B (formerly called, "Research Literacy, Research Capacity") this helps students get the tools to find the information they need.
- Several new items among the pathologies, including Morton neuroma and common psychiatric conditions
- Amputations, pulmonary fibrosis, Sjogren syndrome, hemochromatosis, bladder stones, and conjunctivitis (Appendix C, At A Glance)
- A full suite of Electronic Instructor Resources organized by medical condition and by chapter to help instructors create customized teaching materials.