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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This book focuses on risk thinking as it impacts healthcare delivery.
Purpose: The purpose is to identify issues that underlie health risk management and the book uses clinical scenarios to exemplify risk thinking.
Audience: The intended audience includes healthcare professionals, managers, educators, policy makers, and researchers concerned with risk management.
Features: Health risks are first defined and then discussed in view of the evidence to support the risk. A focus on health management begins the book. The chapters address the components of risk thinking and define risk management, social construction, and values of health risks, followed by a discussion of the chances of a risk, what is uncertain and what is probable, and in what timeframe risk should be considered — how long can an adverse outcome be considered tangential to a treatment. The final chapters address the cultural and social context of risk such as risk management, how the media influences risk, the regulatory environment, patient safety, and then pandemic issues such as swine flu.
Assessment: The book is the only one of its kind that really focuses on risk from the inside of healthcare delivery and outside cultural/societal influences. While it uses clinical examples, it mainly uses the context of risk thinking and how that influences the concept of risk and how risk is evaluated.