Description: Providing examples of operations research as they apply to heath policy, this book presents both theory and application of operations research in relationship to the development of health policy.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a variety of different research approaches that can be used to address policy problems. The focus is on those who are interested in policy but need the tools to obtain evidence to support their case. These worthy objectives are, for the most part, met.
Audience: Although the intended audience is not specified, the book appears to be geared towards policy makers and health policy students.
Features: The book moves from the application of heath policy models to examining such topics as chronic disease management/care coordination, community-based care, and the impact of reimbursement systems on organizational performance. Subsequent sections provide a synopsis of policy models regarding HIV, drug therapies, and share risk models. The last part of the book addresses policy models and working with policy makers to inform healthcare decisions. The shortcoming is that HIV is featured in many chapters, while other public health issues could have been used to make the book relevant for a broader audience.
Assessment: There is no comparable book on the market that solely addresses operations research. This one takes research in a newer direction and could be useful to healthcare researchers, yet it appears to be intended more for policy makers and policy students. The average policy student may have difficulty with the density of the presentation of research methods, while the research student may not fully grasp the policy applications.