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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Phillip M. Forman, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is purely a reference directory profiling the origin, structure, and mission of selected organizations in the U.S. that include health policy as their principal, or significant, activity.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a convenient source of information about groups that "significantly" influence U.S. health policy decision making. This objective may be of limited value to those deeply involved in and conversant with health policy, and of limited interest to those who are not. The editor elected to ignore completely the various, prominent health policy research groups based in major U.S. universities. While some private groups (think tanks and foundations) that do some "objective" health policy research are included, the preponderance of the directory profiles advocacy and special interest groups.
Audience: Apparently the volume is intended for relevant libraries and other reference settings. In my opinion, its cost will deter most others from an interest in it.
Features: There are no distinctive features worth noting. Some may find the well-done introduction to be the most useful element of the book.
Assessment: This is a directory of limited audience and usefulness.