Global Surgery And Public Health: A New Paradigm

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Until recently, surgical services in developing countries have been neglected, despite the critical role they could play in preventing disease and saving lives. Over the last few years, world leaders, public health professionals, and surgeons have collaborated to discuss public policies, resource utilization, healthcare reform, surgical safety, and workforce issues in order to bring these life-saving services to those most in need.

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Overview

Until recently, surgical services in developing countries have been neglected, despite the critical role they could play in preventing disease and saving lives. Over the last few years, world leaders, public health professionals, and surgeons have collaborated to discuss public policies, resource utilization, healthcare reform, surgical safety, and workforce issues in order to bring these life-saving services to those most in need.

Global Surgery and Public Health: A New Paradigm offers the most current information as well as a systematic approach to considering surgery in the context of a broader umbrella of public health. It is ideal for courses in Global/International Health, Public Health, Surgery, Medical Anthropology as well as for professionals in public policy and international health care and humanitarian groups serving the surgical needs of patients in under-resourced settings.

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Reviewer: Barbara A. Latenser, MD, FACS (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This intelligent book illustrates the previously ignored relationship between surgery and public health, providing a systematic approach to global healthcare and a compelling vision for the future.
Purpose: The book demonstrates how surgery can, and should, be an integral part of healthcare delivery systems. Through collaboration between preventive public health and surgically focused organizations, the health status of entire low income countries will improve. This innovative work provides solutions to the current disparity between disease burden and healthcare resources.
Audience: The authors believe they have defined a new model for surgeons, seeking to firmly integrate surgery into the domain of public health. However, this book has something for anyone interested in humanitarian healthcare, healthcare delivery systems, funding and grants, groups working to eradicate poverty, and even those working to provide affordable electricity to low- and middle-income countries.
Features: The authors elegantly take us through the current state of global healthcare delivery, what is available in high income countries, and show some specific examples of specific disease entities that are easily translatable into healthcare delivery in resource-challenged countries. Using specific examples of successful community implementations, we see how a small change has a large effect. The economic impact of neglecting surgical diseases on a global level are neatly displayed at a level easily understandable to novice global healthcare providers. Surgical procedures and subspecialties are described with enough detail that students of public health and policy, humanitarian aid groups, and especially those working in positions of influence within governmental organizations, will find a compelling case for integrating surgery into public health. Each chapter ends with study questions and discussion points, helping focus readers on some concrete action items, rather than leave the topic in the conceptual stage. The list of acronyms at the end is especially helpful. I would have liked more discussion about two surgical entities with the highest disease burden in low income countries, namely trauma and burns. There are many groups and organizations not based in the United States working on trauma and burn education, prevention, and outreach strategies. The inclusion of organizations outside of the U.S. would provide a more complete perspective.
Assessment: Although global surgery and volunteerism are becoming chic, much remains to be done. Although not written for surgeons, this book is a call to arms for all surgeons, and should be mandatory reading for everyone during residency training. Current and future partnerships between healthcare and governmental organizations bring us closer to providing for the surgical needs of patients worldwide.
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Reviewer: Barbara A. Latenser, MD, FACS(University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This intelligent book illustrates the previously ignored relationship between surgery and public health, providing a systematic approach to global healthcare and a compelling vision for the future.
Purpose: The book demonstrates how surgery can, and should, be an integral part of healthcare delivery systems. Through collaboration between preventive public health and surgically focused organizations, the health status of entire low income countries will improve. This innovative work provides solutions to the current disparity between disease burden and healthcare resources.
Audience: The authors believe they have defined a new model for surgeons, seeking to firmly integrate surgery into the domain of public health. However, this book has something for anyone interested in humanitarian healthcare, healthcare delivery systems, funding and grants, groups working to eradicate poverty, and even those working to provide affordable electricity to low- and middle-income countries.
Features: "The authors elegantly take us through the current state of global healthcare delivery, what is available in high income countries, and show some specific examples of specific disease entities that are easily translatable into healthcare delivery in resource-challenged countries. Using specific examples of successful community implementations, we see how a small change has a large effect. The economic impact of neglecting surgical diseases on a global level are neatly displayed at a level easily understandable to novice global healthcare providers. Surgical procedures and subspecialties are described with enough detail that students of public health and policy, humanitarian aid groups, and especially those working in positions of influence within governmental organizations, will find a compelling case for integrating surgery into public health. Each chapter ends with study questions and discussion points, helping focus readers on some concrete action items, rather than leave the topic in the conceptual stage. The list of acronyms at the end is especially helpful. I would have liked more discussion about two surgical entities with the highest disease burden in low income countries, namely trauma and burns. There are many groups and organizations not based in the United States working on trauma and burn education, prevention, and outreach strategies. The inclusion of organizations outside of the U.S. would provide a more complete perspective. "
Assessment: Although global surgery and volunteerism are becoming chic, much remains to be done. Although not written for surgeons, this book is a call to arms for all surgeons, and should be mandatory reading for everyone during residency training. Current and future partnerships between healthcare and governmental organizations bring us closer to providing for the surgical needs of patients worldwide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763780487
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword iv

Introduction xi

Acknowledgments xx

About the Authors xxiii

Part I The Case for Global Surgery 1

Chapter 1 Advances and Disparities: The Current State of Global Surgical Care 3

Chapter 2 Surgery and Public Health: ?Global Surgery? 29

Chapter 3 Surgery and Healthcare Resources 59

Chapter 4 The Innovator's Scalpel: Remodeling Surgery for the Community 85

Chapter 5 Disruption: Technological Innovation 111

Chapter 6 The New Surgical Ecosystem: Trends in Care Delivery 135

Chapter 7 Tailoring Delivery to Local Needs: Successful Strategies 159

Part I Approaching Equity in Global Surgery 187

Chapter 8 Who's at Risk? Surgical Populations in the Community 189

Chapter 9 Contributions from Surgical Specialties 217

Chapter 10 Trauma: A Global Pandemic 237

Chapter 11 The Future of Global Surgery 269

List of Acronyms 279

Index 283

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