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From The CriticsReviewer: Matthew Cortez, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This publication of the joint working party in the U.K. is a comprehensive approach to community child health advocacy. It has been published and revised since 1989 and the previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a specific plan or blueprint for child health advocacy from a national to a local level. This much needed publication is not specific to any nation. It provides proposals that any pediatrician can use to help plan local public health policy. Specific suggestions for screenings could be easily implemented in the U.S., as they were in the U.K. The authors include an excellent review of public health interventions that had been successful and even ones that were not successful in the past.
Audience: The audience includes healthcare providers for children who are involved in public health advocacy and politicians/public health officials involved in writing and implementing public health policy.
Features: The book covers child healthcare advocacy at almost every level (planning, policy/political advocacy, healthcare screenings for children, etc.). The psychological needs of parents are discussed along with interventions for specific health and psychosocial problems of children. Each chapter has useful tables and a final "Recommendation Table" that summarizes the most important points. The authors have included a website link that updates the ever changing healthcare policy in the U.K. and gives other references and resources not listed in the book.
Assessment: Overall, this is a good reference for those interested in writing and implementing healthcare policies for children. Although it is written from a U.K. standpoint, many of the screening tools and policies could easily be implemented in the U.S. This is a must read for all those pediatricians involved in grass root efforts to help make children healthier and safer.