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From The CriticsReviewer: Eric P Matthews, PhD, MSed, MA (A. T. Still University)
Description: This book is a collation of quantitative methodologies that focus on operational research, statistical and economic decision-making, and problems in the field of healthcare.
Purpose: The authors strive to deliver a book that collects extant issues in healthcare and focuses on practical problem-solving applications for these issues. The book meets this objective admirably.
Audience: In the authors' words, the book is written for an interdisciplinary and wide audience. Though the book is a quantitative text (and requires an understanding of those methods), it is meant to be a tool for any healthcare professionals to aid their problem-solving ability when faced with real-world workplace issues. The book meets its goal, but it certainly presumes an intrinsic understanding of quantitative methods.
Features: The book seeks to take acknowledged methods, such as simulation and optimization, and apply them in new ways to evolving healthcare delivery problems. It seeks to link method and theory in each case that it addresses, giving practitioners real-world examples of how to apply the quantitative methods it espouses. The book meets its goal, but there is an intrinsic fault in the assumption that readers have a base knowledge of these methodologies. A cursory overview of the background/foundation for the various methods may have been warranted.
Assessment: This is a well-written and comprehensive book that would complement any healthcare manager's (or evaluator's) reference library. Although not written at an introductory level, the book is easy to understand with only a cursory knowledge of quantitative methodologies.