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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Magdalyn Patyk, MS, BSN (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of the advances made in the field of consumer health informatics. The editors effectively illustrate these advances by including descriptions of specific model programs and related research "that seek to build new information sharing strategies."
Purpose: The purpose is to provide insights into the science of consumer health informatics and lead healthcare professionals to explore and implement new information sharing strategies that will not only guide the growth of this science but ultimately assist in improving the quality of patient care.
Audience: This book targets health professionals who strive to improve patient-provider communications through innovative methods of information sharing.
Features: This book in logically organized and stages the information for the reader — an effective learning strategy. It begins by defining consumer health informatics (CHI) and then draws the reader in by highlighting how informatics can benefit both the healthcare consumer and provider. CHI design, delivery, qualitative evaluation, and security are discussed. Finally, the real-life program examples help to complete the CHI "picture" for the reader. The book highlights the importance of addressing health literacy and utilizing sound educational principles.
Assessment: The editors have done an admirable job of bringing together leaders in the field of consumer health informatics. Together, their contributions have described consumer heath informatics concepts. Relating current research and program applications spurred me to further explore these strategies to meet the patient/consumer health information needs. This book is an excellent resource for healthcare professionals wishing to move into the electronic world to improve patient-provider communications.