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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William Gold, MD (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota)
Description: 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.
Purpose: 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.
Audience: 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.
Features: 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.
Assessment: 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 implementing more comprehensive, meaningful monitoring processes for delivery systems. This is a valuable resource for anyone who cares for the chronically ill.