Indicators of Chronic Health Conditions: Monitoring Community-Level Delivery Systems

Indicators of Chronic Health Conditions: Monitoring Community-Level Delivery Systems

by Robert J. Newcomer, A. E. Benjamin
     
 

As the creation and implementation of health policy become increasingly managed at the community level, ways must be found to ensure the proper measurement and monitoring of health program efficiency. Indicators of Chronic Health Conditions explores the current understanding of selected chronic conditions and the capacity of community-level health services and

Overview

As the creation and implementation of health policy become increasingly managed at the community level, ways must be found to ensure the proper measurement and monitoring of health program efficiency. Indicators of Chronic Health Conditions explores the current understanding of selected chronic conditions and the capacity of community-level health services and delivery systems to address the health care needs for persons with the various illnesses.

Beginning with a history of health indicators and community-level management of health services, this book goes further to examine the care needs and service delivery systems affecting different populations. These subpopulations include children, persons with mental retardation, persons with chronic mental illness, adults with physical disabilities, adults with chronic medical conditions, chronic substance abusers, and elderly persons. The volume concludes with ideas for monitoring community-level systems for persons with chronic health conditions. Professionals and students in the fields of health policy, public health, health care for persons with chronic illness, and public policy will benefit from the information provided.

Editorial Reviews

4 Stars! from Doody
William Gold
This book is a review of the practicality of developing and implementing measures of chronic disease at the community level. A conceptual model is presented by the editors after a review of the issues associated with specific subpopulations with chronic diseases. The purpose is to propose an implementation for monitoring the key elements of health for populations with chronic disease to include elements of performance of the healthcare system. This book has many audiences. The book as a whole is aimed at two audiences: people responsible for monitoring the health of populations and people responsible for allocating resources to maintain or improve the health of those populations. The book, however, provides valuable information to several other audiences, including practicing physicians who care for patients with chronic diseases. The book also serves to provide a framework for health services researchers to understand the complex issues of developing and implementing indicators of health. The editors have meticulously organized this book so that it is logical and valuable to a wide audience. They have accomplished the enviable task of providing chapters that, although authored by different contributors, are uniformly well written and have a structure that provides a wholeness to the volume. In some ways, the title misleads a prospective reader by focusing on the measurement aspects of the book. The book is equally rich in providing a better understanding of the complex issues facing patients with chronic disease, their caregivers, and those responsible for making policy decisions. The editors provide an excellent foundation to more completely understand their model of implementingmore comprehensive, meaningful monitoring processes for delivery systems. This is a valuable resource for anyone who cares for the chronically ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801854910
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Newcomer is professor and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. A. E. Benjamin is professor of social welfare at the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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