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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This comprehensive book addresses issues in healthcare from a policy and management perspective. Each chapter is written by experts in the field who were charged with integration of evidence to support the current condition and projected needed change. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The book is intended to present current issues in health policy and management within the context of evidence. It is intended to be a "one stop shop" for health issues facing the U.S. populace. The book lives up to its objective, being comprehensive and contemporary in its approach to a very old topic.
Audience: The intended audience is interdisciplinary students, health service researchers and analysts, healthcare managers, practitioners, and healthcare providers.
Features: Starting off with access to healthcare, cost, quality, special populations, and culminating in directions for change, the book provides a comprehensive review of current issues. The tie to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports about quality is excellent. The coverage of healthcare reform and the impact on special populations such as women and children is very good.
Assessment: This is the most comprehensive healthcare policy book around. Its emphasis on the current research and evidence to support each chapter's content gives it a unique spin. This edition includes contemporary topics such as disparities in health and in access to care, use of information systems, and nursing performance indicators as they impact quality. This last chapter highlights the contribution nursing has made to quality care and patient safety, something that is lacking in many healthcare policy books.