Tracking Medicine: A Researcher's Quest to Understand Health Care

Tracking Medicine: A Researcher's Quest to Understand Health Care

by John E. Wennberg
     
 

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Written by a groundbreaking figure of modern medical study, Tracking Medicine is an eye-opening introduction to the science of health care delivery, as well as a powerful argument for its relevance in shaping the future of our country. An indispensable resource for those involved in public health and health policy, this book uses Dr. Wennberg's pioneering

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Written by a groundbreaking figure of modern medical study, Tracking Medicine is an eye-opening introduction to the science of health care delivery, as well as a powerful argument for its relevance in shaping the future of our country. An indispensable resource for those involved in public health and health policy, this book uses Dr. Wennberg's pioneering research to provide a framework for understanding the health care crisis; and outlines a roadmap for real change in the future. It is also a useful tool for anyone interested in understanding and forming their own opinion on the current debate.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Carole A. 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.
From the Publisher
"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." —Doody's

"The cost crisis now facing the US health care system urgently calls for more effective control than the new legislation provides. That is why a new book by Dr. John E. Wennberg, Tracking Medicine, is so important and timely." —The New York Review of Books

"Tracking Medicine should be required reading for all health care professionals, and indeed for all who are intrested in truly reforming health care... Highly recommended." —Choice

"The title of this book hints at a personal history:'researcher's quest . . .' Yet, John Wennberg has been the dominant force over several decades in studies to describe and understand American medicine. Thus, this personal narrative is also an excellent summary of our current understanding of US health care." — American Journal of Epidemiology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199830855
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/26/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
925,323
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

John E. Wennberg, MD, MPH, is Peggy Y. Thomson Professor (Chair) in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, and Founder and Director Emeritus of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

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