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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This is the second edition of a book covering many aspects of community based health care and education. The first edition was in 1990 with a revision in 1999 and a reprint in 2002.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is not clearly described in the preface, but the thrust is to present scientific evidence to support community and public health interventions. This effort is thought to enhance the creditability of community health practice.
Audience: Community healthcare practitioners and planners will find this book helpful. For educational purposes, this book is written for graduate or doctoral students. The authors are very experienced and are experts in their area. Their experience and current residence is in Australia and New Zealand, the material can be applied in all countries.
Features: Lawrence W. Green says this of the book in the foreword, "It encompasses the spectrum of individual, group, institutional, community and societal strategies and methods for which theory, research and experience have provided a growing base of confidence among health promotion planners and practitioners." This is a great synopsis. Most intriguing are the case studies scattered throughout the chapters. Each of chapters 3 to 7 focuses on a different population with specific strategies and many research studies to support the discussion. Some of the strategies are use of mass media, community partnerships, technological interventions, and community development. Several of the well known change theories are discussed with relevant research findings.
Assessment: This book would have been a real find in my health education doctoral program! Students and practitioners should have this as a reference. Any institution with a healthcare curriculum or that provides community healthcare/development will benefit from having this book as a reference. Another use would be for those interested in community research. Many ideas came to mind as I reviewed this book; so many good studies, so little time.