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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lori Hayman, M.Ed.(A. T. Still University)
Description: This is the sixth edition of a book that provides an overview of general management concepts and principles with an emphasis on how these concepts are reflected and applied in healthcare organizations. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide healthcare practitioners who serve in a continuing or transitory management role an overview of management concepts and their application in healthcare organizations' daily operations. This book meets these objectives and strengthens readers' skill sets by defining management terminology, presenting issues faced by healthcare managers, and providing exercises to challenge readers to apply what they have learned.
Audience: Individuals new to management or early in their management careers are the intended audience. The book would be a valuable resource for healthcare students seeking to learn and understand basic management terminology and concepts. It also would help those not in management roles increase their understanding of the management process, the players involved, and the rationale for why departments/organizations are managed in a particular way. The coauthors have more than 30 years of experience in teaching, research, and management in healthcare settings.
Features: The book provides an overview of the history of management in healthcare, reviewing key pieces of legislation, various management models, and the daily functions of management such as planning and decision making, organizing, budgeting, employee relations, and communication. Chapters begin with objectives that help focus readers on key concepts. Application exercises at the end of chapters challenge readers to apply the concepts. To promote and enhance understanding, the book includes numerous detailed samples, diagrams, appendixes, and exhibits that provide a visual illustration of the concepts. Particularly helpful to current healthcare practitioners is the chapter that addresses the challenges faced by active practitioners who take on a management role, and strategies for balancing this dual role.
Assessment: This is an excellent overview of management concepts and principles for both novice and experienced managers that includes terminology and strategies to advance their knowledge and skills. With the multitude of changes taking place in healthcare, this update provides readers with current information on healthcare policy and challenges that will help them to successfully fulfill their management role.