The Demography of Health and Health Care (second edition) / Edition 2

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This is a thoroughgoing revision of the first edition of this classic text and reference, published by Plenum in 1992. The authors convey the general principles that underlie this applied subdiscipline and demonstrate how the merging of demography and health care impacts on the planning processes of a range of health care organizations.

Relationship of health care to demography; population composition; data sources for mortality, other info.

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"At last! ...a book on health demography which draws together these two important and useful disciplines... and provides a central resource for students as well as professionals who need access to demographic methods, measures, and concepts. ... [The authors] demonstrate the relevance and applicability of demographic principles to health care in a clear, thorough manner."
(Applied Demography)
"A well-written, effectively organized work that clarifies the role of health demography."
"The emphasis on the application of demographic concepts and methods to the understanding and solution of health care delivery problems... makes this an extremely useful book for health care marketers. ... [V]ery well written and organized.... [A] valuable reference book."
(Journal of Health Care Marketing)
As the increasing power of computers allows for the processing of ever-larger collections of data, new cross-disciplinary studies are developing; one of these bridges the gap between health care and demographic studies. In this volume, the authors use data from a variety of sources, models, theories and case studies to demonstrate the uses of the health care-demography fusion from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Written for health care practitioners, academic and private sector demographers, and students in demography or health care, Pol (U. of Nebraska) and Thomas (Medical Research Group) discuss the emerging field of study, and aim to further refine its scope, demonstrate its relevance and illustrate its application. After an overview of the US medical system, they converse on what they feel are relevant topics to health care demographics including population size, fertility, and the process of morality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Preface. 1. Health Demography: An Evolving Discipline. 2. Health and Health Care: An Introduction. 3. The Language of Health Care. 4. Population Size, Concentration, and Distribution. 5. Population Composition. 6. Fertility. 7. Morbidity and Mortality. 8. Migration. 9. Data Sources for Health Demography. 10. The Demographic Correlates of Health Status. 11. Demographic Correlates of Health Behavior and Health Services Utilization. 12. The Future of Health Demography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2001

    An Insightful tool for demographers and health care professionals

    For demographers this book demonstrates how their methods, concepts and data can be applied to important health and health care issues; for health care professionals, it shows that the 'demographic perspective' yields valuable insights into a wide range of health and health care issues. The final chapter on the future of health demography is particularly noteworthy. The book is not only clearly written and well-organized, but contains a very useful set of references. This book can serve both as a reference tool for practicing professionals and as a textbook for upper-division and graduate courses dealing with health and population.

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