Consumer Issues in Health Care Sourcebook: Basic Information about Health Care Fundamentals and Related Consumer Issues / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is designed to provide the information health care consumers need as they evaluate the issues surrounding personal health maintenance. It offers current recommendations for preventive care, describes different types of physicians, offers help in understanding pharmacological choices, and includes a description of end-of-life medical care options.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Andrea D. Posey, RN, BSN, MSN (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Description: This is a reference book that contains information regarding general healthcare consumer issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the layperson with general information on a variety of healthcare topics. The intent is to aid the reader in consumer decision making by offering factual information. This is a worthy objective due to the immense amount of healthcare information and the complex nature of healthcare in our society today. This book meets its objective by organizing the information in a logical manner.
Audience: The target audience, according to the editor, is the layperson. The book is written in appropriate manner for this group. There is no information available about the editor.
Features: Information is provided regarding personal healthcare, family safety, hospitalization, physicians, and a resource list. The mental health resource list is very helpful. A brief discussion of on-line resources and caveats is also included. This book does have two shortcomings. First, there are many statements of opinion by the editor without references to confirm the statements. Second, there is no complete reference list included.
Assessment: This book provides a brief discussion about many topics in personal and family healthcare. It is well organized and comprehensive. The reader should be made aware that there are some statements of opinions without references. Still, overall, this book is a useful resource to the layperson.
Andrea D. Posey
This is a reference book that contains information regarding general healthcare consumer issues. The purpose is to provide the layperson with general information on a variety of healthcare topics. The intent is to aid the reader in consumer decision making by offering factual information. This is a worthy objective due to the immense amount of healthcare information and the complex nature of healthcare in our society today. This book meets its objective by organizing the information in a logical manner. The target audience, according to the editor, is the layperson. The book is written in appropriate manner for this group. There is no information available about the editor. Information is provided regarding personal healthcare, family safety, hospitalization, physicians, and a resource list. The mental health resource list is very helpful. A brief discussion of on-line resources and caveats is also included. This book does have two shortcomings. First, there are many statements of opinion by the editor without references to confirm the statements. Second, there is no complete reference list included. This book provides a brief discussion about many topics in personal and family healthcare. It is well organized and comprehensive. The reader should be made aware that there are some statements of opinions without references. Still, overall, this book is a useful resource to the layperson.
Booknews
A guide to consumer choice in the selection of health care options. The 54 chapter are arranged into sections on: general information on health care information; selection criteria for physicians, hospitals, and their services; information about prescription and over-the-counter medications; medical frauds and unproven treatments; health maintenance and preventive care; caring for the chronologically or terminally ill and end-of-life decisions; and lists of organizations and online sources of health care products and services for consumers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780802216
  • Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Health Reference Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 618
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 2.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Health Care Fundamentals
Ch. 1 Personal Health Guide 3
Ch. 2 Child Health Guide 13
Ch. 3 Choosing and Using a Health Plan 31
Ch. 4 Immunizations for Children and Adults 49
Ch. 5 Recommended Preventive Services: Screening Tests and Clinician Counseling 75
Ch. 6 Medic Alert: Emergency Medical Identification 151
Pt. II Physicians and Hospitals
Ch. 7 Who's Who in Health Care 155
Ch. 8 Checking Up on Your Doctor 161
Ch. 9 Talking with Your Doctor 165
Ch. 10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Have Surgery 185
Ch. 11 A Little Advance Planning Helps Same-Day Surgery Go Smoothly 193
Ch. 12 Hospital Hints 197
Ch. 13 A Guide to Mental Health Services 203
Pt. III Medications
Ch. 14 Prescription Medicines and You 225
Ch. 15 Generic Drugs in Prescription Fulfillment 233
Ch. 16 Reading and Understanding Prescriptions 237
Ch. 17 Nonprescription Medicines 249
Ch. 18 Protect Yourself Against Tampering 261
Ch. 19 Now Available Without a Prescription 263
Ch. 20 A Guide to Nonprescription Pain Relievers 271
Ch. 21 Taming Tummy Turmoil 277
Ch. 22 Colds and Flu: Time Only Sure Cure 285
Ch. 23 Alcohol and Medicines: Ask Before You Mix 293
Ch. 24 A Parent's Guide for Medicine Use by Children 297
Ch. 25 How to Give Medicine to Children 301
Ch. 26 Using Over-the-Counter Medications Wisely: Advice for Teens 307
Ch. 27 Medicine Safety for Adults 65 and Older 313
Ch. 28 Aging and Health: The Role of Self-Medication 317
Ch. 29 Self-Medication in the '90s: Practices and Perceptions 327
Pt. IV Cautions for Health Care Consumers
Ch. 30 A Guide to Choosing Medical Treatments 339
Ch. 31 Fraudulent Health Claims: Don't Be Fooled 349
Ch. 32 Quackery Targets Teens 355
Ch. 33 Life Extension: Science or Science Fiction? 363
Ch. 34 Hope or Hoax: Unproven Cancer Treatments 367
Ch. 35 Unproven Medical Treatments Lure Elderly 375
Ch. 36 Dietary Supplements: More Is Not Always Better 383
Pt. V Managing Common Health Risks in the Home
Ch. 37 Fitness and Health 389
Ch. 38 An Action Guide for Healthy Eating 401
Ch. 39 Can Your Kitchen Pass the Food Safety Test? 411
Ch. 40 Preventing Childhood Poisoning 421
Ch. 41 Protect Your Family from Lead-Related Health Hazards 431
Ch. 42 Protect Your Family and Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 441
Ch. 43 A Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon 445
Ch. 44 Protect Your Family from Fire and Electrical Hazards 457
Pt. VI Caring for Chronically or Terminally Ill Patients and Making End-of-Life Decisions
Ch. 45 Older Adults Examine Health-Care Options 481
Ch. 46 What You Need to Know about Advance Medical Directives 489
Ch. 47 Caring for an Ill Spouse 503
Ch. 48 Questions and Answers about Assisted Living or Residential Care Facilities 505
Ch. 49 Consumer Protection and Quality-of-Care Issues in Assisted Living 511
Ch. 50 When You Are Considering a Nursing Home 517
Ch. 51 Palliative Medicine: Providing Care When Cure Is Not Possible 533
Ch. 52 Anatomical Gifts 553
Pt. VII Resources
Ch. 53 Who Cares: Sources of Information about Health Care Products and Services 559
Ch. 54 Health Information On-Line 569
Index 581
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