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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James D. Bramble, PhD (Creighton University)
Description: This book discusses the concepts and methodologies of health services research within a framework of effectiveness, efficiency, and equity and illustrates its application to policy analysis. The second edition adds concepts of community health, health services research design, and an empirical application to state policy issues.
Purpose: The authors provide both a conceptual and empirical understanding of evaluating the healthcare system. The text defines and conceptualizes the field of health services research as a valuable tool for understanding the dynamics of our healthcare system.
Audience: Primarily intended for researchers and policy makers who design and conduct health services research in the areas of health administration, public health, and healthcare professions, this book would also be useful to graduate and doctoral students of health services research and policy analysis.
Features: The concepts and methods of effectiveness, efficiency, and equity are each discussed along with the key methods for assessing these concepts. An evaluation of the criteria and evidence regarding policy strategies used to meet these objectives is also presented. Finally, the authors discuss the interrelationships between effectiveness, efficiency, and equity and the tradeoffs made among them during policy formation.
Assessment: A strength of this book is the examination of the healthcare system through the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity framework and the authors' discussion of the major concepts, methods, and evaluation criteria regarding the use of this framework. Especially useful is an illustration of the framework's application to evaluate state Medicaid managed care programs. Also beneficial is the discussion of different types of health services research and how they influence healthcare policy making. Revisions in the second edition have added significant value to this text. A well-organized and written text, this book provides a grounded framework for evaluating the healthcare system that should be valuable to both researchers and policymakers.