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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This is a concise resource on the majority of health services-related entities. It provides a brief history, description, and further readings on each topic.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a single resource to illustrate the complexity of health services from policy, research, and public health perspectives.
Audience: The intended audience includes undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students interested in health services, as well as healthcare practitioners.
Features: Topics are easy to locate in this alphabetized format. In addition, an extensive reader's guide groups topics under categories for easy reference, such as Quality and Safety of Care. This book is unique in the way it pulls together some of the most pertinent health services agencies or those that impact financing or delivery of services, and those that conduct research. Some of the excluded agencies are surprising. For example, National League for Nursing is not included, yet American Association of Colleges of Nursing is. There is no mention of the Jonas Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, or the Josiah Macey Foundation, all entities that support workforce research and healthcare services.
Assessment: There is no comparable book on the market that provides the breadth of topics. This adds to the literature and is a good, concise, quick resource that will lead users to other, more in-depth readings as needed.