The Demography of Health and Healthcare / Edition 3

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In this 3rd edition of the definitive work on health demography, Pol and Thomas offer an updated view of the field and a current perspective on the applications of health demography to contemporary issues. The significance of health demography within the field of population studies has continued to increase and this work provides background on the healthcare arena and systematically presents the various aspects of demography as they relate to healthcare. This addition has been streamlined to focus on the important aspects of health demography and enhanced through the addition of charts, maps and other graphics. All statistics and tables have been updated and the most current references are included. A separate chapter on morbidity has been included and the final chapter focuses on the public policy interface with health demography. Case studies and sidebars are included throughout the book to illustrate the applications of demography within the healthcare arena. Recent developments in U.S. healthcare are highlighted to give the text a very contemporary presence. "At last! ...a book on health demography which draws together these two important and useful disciplines... and provides a central resource for students as well as professionals who need access to demographic methods, measures, and concepts. ... The authors demonstrate the relevance and applicability of demographic principles to health care in a clear, thorough manner."

Relationship of health care to demography; population composition; data sources for mortality, other info.

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
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.
As the increasing power of computers allows for the processing of ever-larger collections of data, new cross-disciplinary studies are developing; one of these bridges the gap between health care and demographic studies. In this volume, the authors use data from a variety of sources, models, theories and case studies to demonstrate the uses of the health care-demography fusion from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Written for health care practitioners, academic and private sector demographers, and students in demography or health care, Pol (U. of Nebraska) and Thomas (Medical Research Group) discuss the emerging field of study, and aim to further refine its scope, demonstrate its relevance and illustrate its application. After an overview of the US medical system, they converse on what they feel are relevant topics to health care demographics including population size, fertility, and the process of morality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

1. Health Demography: An Evolving Discipline.- 2. Health and Healthcare: An Introduction.- 3. Population Size, Distribution and Concentration.-4. Population Composition.- 5. Fertility.- 6. Mortality.- 7. Migration.-8. Morbidity. 9. Data Sources for Health Demography.- 10. The Demographic Correlates of Health Status.-11. Demographic Correlates of Health Behavior.- 12. Health Demography and Public Policy.- Index.

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