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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: The core element of this book is the explanation of health demography and its impact as a new discipline on the study of health and healthcare delivery. A previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to define health demography and to demonstrate how this field helps researchers study health, health status, health behaviors, and delivery of care.
Audience: The audience is broad, ranging from public health, health policy, and sociology students, to epidemiologists, health planners, and health professionals practicing in the field.
Features: The book moves from a definition of health demography to explanations of health and healthcare delivery, to specific influencing variables such as fertility, morbidity and mortality trends, migration, and correlates of health. The final section is devoted to health and public policy. Each chapter contains supporting exhibits that enhance the discussion. The only noted shortcoming is the relative lack of discussion of technology and some informatics associations, including those related to personal health information, that are informing healthcare delivery and the health status of the population.
Assessment: There are books such as The Demography and Epidemiology of Human Health and Aging, Siegel (Springer, 2012) on a specific population, but none that go into population trends such as the aging of society, hospital admissions, length of stays, and drug utilization using the discipline of demography and applying it to health. This is a needed update of this book and it includes more charts and graphs that represent enhanced knowledge of health demography. It is a nice addition to population health books.