Encyclopedia of Health Services Research

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Today, as never before, healthcare has the ability to enhance the quality and duration of life. At the same time, healthcare has become so costly that it can easily bankrupt governments and impoverish individuals and families.

Health services research is a highly multidisciplinary field, including such areas as health administration, health economics, medical sociology, medicine, , political science, public health, and public policy. The Encyclopedia of Health Services Research is the first single reference source to capture the diversity and complexity of the field. With more than 400 entries, these two volumes investigate the relationship between the factors of cost, quality, and access to healthcare and their impact upon medical outcomes such as death, disability, disease, discomfort, and dissatisfaction with care.

Key Features

  • Examines the growing healthcare crisis facing the United States
  • Encompasses the structure, process, and outcomes of healthcare
  • Aims to improve the equity, efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of healthcare by influencing and developing public policies
  • Describes healthcare systems and issues from around the globe

Key Themes

  • Access to Care
  • Accreditation, Associations, Foundations, and Research Organizations
  • Biographies of Current and Past Leaders
  • Cost of Care, Economics, Finance, and Payment Mechanisms
  • Disease, Disability, Health, and Health Behavior
  • Government and International Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Professionals and Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Services Research
  • Laws, Regulations, and Ethics
  • Measurement; Data Sources and Coding; and Research Methods
  • Outcomes of Care
  • Policy Issues, Healthcare Reform, and International Comparisons
  • Public Health
  • Quality and Safety of Care
  • Special and Vulnerable Groups

The Encyclopedia is designed to be an introduction to the various topics of health services research for an audience including undergraduate students, graduate students, andgeneral readers seeking non-technical descriptions of the field and its practices. It is also useful for healthcare practitioners wishing to stay abreast of the changes and updates in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
Library Journal
The field of health services research may be new to many readers. This unique encyclopedia defines it as a multidisciplinary field focusing "on the study of accessibility, costs, quality, and outcomes of healthcare." Editor in chief Mullner, an academic who has made substantial contributions to the field, cites three primary reasons why a work of this nature has become necessary: the vast growth in the field of health services research, the complexity of health-care delivery in the United States, and the multidisciplinary nature of the field. The first volume contains a reader's guide to the contents and groups entries by broad topic, including Access to Care, Research Organizations, Policy Issues, Quality and Safety of Care, and Special and Vulnerable Groups. The hundreds of entries, ranging from two to three pages in length, are written by a wide variety of specialists working at both public and private institutions in the United States. All are signed, most contain bibliographies and lists of relevant web sites, and most provide balanced coverage of the topic they cover, often summarizing arguments for and against the practice (the "Direct-to-Consumer Advertising" entry is a good example). BOTTOM LINE Aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, as well as lay audiences seeking nontechnical descriptions of the field, this work equally belongs in public as it does in academic libraries; highly recommended.—Sarah Sutton, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412951791
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Pages: 1456
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 3.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross M. Mullner, Ph D, MPH, is Associate Professor of Health Policy Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as Special Assistant to the Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and as Visiting Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University. His research interests include health services research, health care marketing, and the history of public health, and he has investigated factors leading to hospital closures, mergers and consolidation of health facilities and management issues. He teaches courses on health services research and on health care marketing, as well as managed care, epidemiology, and health care eonomics. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Medical Systems and has served as Guest Editor for several special issues of this journal, as well as for the Journal of Consumer Marketing (a special issue on Pharmaceutical Marketing). In addition to nearly 100 articles, he has written or edited several books and monographs, including Health Care, Technology, and the Competitive Environment.

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