Evidence-Based Management in Healthcare

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Too often in the fast-moving healthcare field, decision makers rely primarily on what has worked before. Evidence-Based Management in Healthcare explains how healthcare leaders can move from making educated guesses to using the best available information to make decisions. Learn what evidence-based management (EB management) is and how it can focus thinking and clarify the issues surrounding a decision. The book provides a straightforward process for asking the right questions, gathering supporting information from various sources, evaluating the information, and applying it to solve management challenges. Numerous real-life examples illustrate how the EB management approach is used in a variety of situations, from inpatient bed planning to operating room scheduling to leadership development. These examples also demonstrate the potential costs and benefits of EB management. Anthony R. Kovner, PhD, is a professor at The Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and is director of the Master of Science in Management concentration for Nurse Leaders. Dr. Kovner has been a senior manager in two hospitals, a nursing home, a group practice, and a neighborhood health center, as well as a senior health care consultant for a large industrial union. He has written 11 books and 91 peer-reviewed articles. David J. Fine, PhD, FACHE, is the president and chief executive officer of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System. Dr. Fine has 35 years of experience as a healthcare executive and holds professorial appointments at Rice University, Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. He is the author or coauthor of 4 books and 29 peer-reviewed articles. Richard D'Aquila, FACHE, is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Yale-New Haven Hospital and executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health System.Mr. D'Aquila is a member of the lecturing faculty at

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Reviewer: Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN, RN (A. T. Still University)
Description: This book provides an excellent summary of research that has been done in the area of evidence-based healthcare management decision-making and discusses how the theory can be applied to leadership practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the theory and skills needed to make effective and appropriate healthcare business decisions based on the available evidence. The book stresses the need to base decision-making on sound research theory that promotes thoughtful analysis and results in positive outcomes.
Audience: The ideal audience for this book would be people currently in healthcare leadership positions and those aspiring to management and decision-making roles. It also would be an excellent resource for students learning about the principles of leadership and decision-making.
Features: Each well-designed chapter presents a case study of an example of the decision-making process being. Many important topics for leaders or managers are addressed: how research and evidence applies in decision making; how evidence-based management strengthens healthcare organizations; and methods for finding the required evidence. The book is visually attractive with good use bulleting and bolding of headings to enhance navigability. Many text boxes and graphics highlight main points. Of significant value are the sections providing guidelines for applying the theory to practice and for identifying practical tips on how to actually use the evidence in healthcare leadership positions. The use of case studies to exemplify the theory is artfully done and adds to the value of the book.
Assessment: This is a useful tool for healthcare leaders who would like to improve their decision-making skills. In today's turbulent financial environment, it is vital that leaders make decisions based on the evidence to enhance the likelihood of positive outcomes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567933062
  • Publisher: Health Administration Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 927,530
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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