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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anita Finkelman, MSN, RN (Orbis Education Services)
Description: This book attempts to provide an overview of the healthcare delivery system in the U.S. It does cover the critical broad areas of concern related to structure, organization, providers, and reimbursement.
Purpose: The major purpose is to provide a direct resource of current information about the healthcare delivery system — scope and functions. This is a worthy objective, but the result is that it lacks depth.
Audience: According to the editor, this book is written for undergraduate students, clinicians, and those who have an interest in healthcare delivery. This is a broad group from perspective of education and experience. The editor and authors of chapters have the expertise to write about this subject.
Features: The book covers access to care, settings in which care is provided, reimbursement, and quality care issues. The content is highly relevant but poorly presented and too simplistic. The goal was to have a short, to the point discussion but the book seems to lack depth when some is needed. Chapter objectives and study questions are included, but no other additional learning strategies. There are no references for any of the chapters. Some of the areas of weakness are the limited content on nursing when nurses provide most of the acute care, and limited discussion about the major workforce shortage. Quality and safety are other critical issues that receive superficial attention.
Assessment: I would not purchase this book or use it as a reference or in teaching because it is too superficial.