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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Arden Handler, DrPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book examines a wide range of issues affecting women's reproductive health, integrating clinical, epidemiological, and health services knowledge in each area with an assessment of the implications for women's health care policy.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate the reader about the links between medical research, clinical medicine, public policy, and health communication to improve public policy in the area of women's reproductive health. The issues examined are highly relevant, although in some instances policy issues seem to be subordinate to the clinical and epidemiologic information provided.
Audience: The book is targeted broadly at an audience that includes consumers, physicians, legislators, policy makers, and those who pay for health care. However, it is academic in style and less likely to appeal to individuals who have less scientific knowledge such as consumers and legislators.
Features: The format of the book allows quick access to the information; the subheadings, which are also presented as an outline for each chapter, are particularly helpful.
Assessment: This is a valuable book for those interested in reproductive health policy. It is particularly useful for those teaching women's health or maternal and child health as many of the chapters provide excellent overviews of the epidemiological and clinical knowledge that impact on women's reproductive health.