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Hospitals, doctors’ offices, and pharmacies are sitting on some very valuable information, your medical information. As health-care providers enter the digital world and computerize their patients’ records in an effort to improve the efficiency and quality of care, they are also building a valuable health research tool. The files in their databases may contain the answers to many medical questions we currently face, but they also contain private information that could potentially be misused. Data Data Everywhere highlights the challenges that lie ahead and proposes a uniquely Canadian framework for striking a balance between the benefits of allowing researchers to access medical information and the privacy concerns of individuals. In addition to contributing toward a sustainable model for secondary use of data in health research, the book contributes significantly to research in this field and serves as an essential comparative reference for similar jurisdictions.
Health expectancies were developed to address the importantquestion of whether or not we are exchanging longer life for poorerhealth – replacing quality by quantity.
Health expectancies extend the concept of life expectancy tomorbidity and disability by providing a means of dividing lifeexpectancy into life spent in various states of good and badhealth. Being independent of the size of populations and of theirage structure, health expectancies thus allow direct comparison ofthe different groups that constitute populations: sexes,socio-professional categories, regions.
This book brings together for the first time, the major works ofREVES* over the past ten years. As well as providing comparisons ofthe health of many of the world’s countries, the book includessections on the concepts behind health expectancies and thedemographic transition, the relevance of health expectancies tohealth policy and the different methods of calculating healthexpectancies.
*REVES is an international organisation of researchers, cliniciansand health planners addressing these issues as well as developingand recommending methods of calculation and furthering the use ofhealth expectancy as a tool for health planning.
* State-of-the-art coverage of this important health indicator
* Heavily cross referenced to give the book structure and coherence
This comprehensive text is an excellent introduction to the field of public health. The book is divided into two parts. Part I defines and describes the public health system, provide concepts and tools for measuring health in populations, characterizes the relationship of the public health system with medical care and other elements of the overall health system, and identifies government’s unique contributions through federal, state, and local public health agencies. Part II focuses on public health careers within the context of the overall public health workforce. Basic information on the size and composition of the public health workforce is followed by chapters that address careers and jobs in public health administration, epidemiology, public health nursing, health education, and other professional and program titles and positions. With its clear, reader-friendly language and helpful learning tools such as chapter exercises and discussion questions, this is the ideal text to prepare your students for a career in public health.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) profoundly affects the lives of all Americans. Its agencies and programs protect against domestic and global health threats, assure the safety of food and drugs, advance the science of preventing and conquering disease, provide safeguards for America’s vulnerable populations, and improve health for everyone. However, the department faces serious and complex obstacles, chief among them rising health care costs and a broadening range of health challenges. Over time, additional responsibilities have been layered onto the department, and other responsibilities removed, often without corresponding shifts in positions, procedures, structures, and resources.
At the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, HHS in the 21st Century assesses whether HHS is “ideally organized” to meet the enduring and emerging health challenges facing our nation. The committee identifies many factors that affect the department’s ability to address its range of responsibilities, including divergence in the missions and goals of the department’s agencies, limited flexibility in spending, impending workforce shortages, difficulty in retaining skilled professionals, and challenges in effectively partnering with the private sector.
Turnock (community health sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago) introduces a unifying conceptual model that characterizes public health by its missions, functions, capacity, processes, and outcomes. He outlines the origins and development of public health, examines the infrastructure of the public health system, and discusses public health activities.
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