Reviewer: Marina Celly M R Souza, PhD (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This is an update of a book that presents case studies involving different types of healthcare organizations in a fictional town. The previous edition was published in 2014.
Purpose: The purpose is to revise the cases to reflect changes in healthcare since the previous edition and add a case portraying a community mental health center. It presents nine different case studies with unique details illustrated by several tables and different data.
Audience: The book is designed primarily for those in the health administration field, but it is certainly useful for students and academic purposes as well. It is extremely didactic and helps students practice by applying their knowledge to real-world scenarios. Instructors can use the cases to enhance students' understanding about healthcare strategies and operations.
Features: The case studies detail Middleboro's epidemiological, political, demographic, socioeconomic, and environmental data, enabling readers to understand its most important needs, priorities, and features. The new case (Middleboro Community Mental Health Center) reflects a contemporary trend regarding public health issues.
Assessment: The case study approach and detailed information provided in each chapter make the book extremely interesting and challenging for readers. Appendixes provide more tables and additional information that complement the case studies.