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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book endeavors to make understandable research findings that impact healthcare delivery. The author's background as an epidemiologist brings real life experience to the discussion.
Purpose: The purpose is to encourage readers to look at different influences that result in healthcare variations.
Audience: The audience is anyone who either provides or receives healthcare.
Features: The book begins by examining differences in healthcare delivery across the United States. The Vermont exemplar highlights how to apply this information. The next two parts describe surgical and medical pattern variations in surgical procedures and chronic illness management. Part 4 addresses healthcare reform within the context of informed, patient-centered, decision-making and cost containment. What makes this book unique is the intertwining of research findings with experiential learning from the author's point of view.
Assessment: There are many books on healthcare reform, health delivery, or systems research, but none that combine the science with practical experience like this one does.