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Encyclopedia of Health Services Research

Encyclopedia of Health Services Research

Two Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Ross M. Mullner - Associate Professor School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago

May 2009 | 1 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Today, as never before, healthcare has the ability to enhance the quality and duration of life. At the same time, healthcare has become so costly that it can easily bankrupt governments and impoverish individuals and families.

Health services research is a highly multidisciplinary field, including such areas as health administration, health economics, medical sociology, medicine, , political science, public health, and public policy. The Encyclopedia of Health Services Research is the first single reference source to capture the diversity and complexity of the field. With more than 400 entries, these two volumes investigate the relationship between the factors of cost, quality, and access to healthcare and their impact upon medical outcomes such as death, disability, disease, discomfort, and dissatisfaction with care.

Key Features

  • Examines the growing healthcare crisis facing the United States
  • Encompasses the structure, process, and outcomes of healthcare
  • Aims to improve the equity, efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of healthcare by influencing and developing public policies
  • Describes healthcare systems and issues from around the globe

Key Themes

  • Access to Care
  • Accreditation, Associations, Foundations, and Research Organizations
  • Biographies of Current and Past Leaders
  • Cost of Care, Economics, Finance, and Payment Mechanisms
  • Disease, Disability, Health, and Health Behavior
  • Government and International Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Professionals and Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Services Research
  • Laws, Regulations, and Ethics
  • Measurement; Data Sources and Coding; and Research Methods
  • Outcomes of Care
  • Policy Issues, Healthcare Reform, and International Comparisons
  • Public Health
  • Quality and Safety of Care
  • Special and Vulnerable Groups

The Encyclopedia is designed to be an introduction to the various topics of health services research for an audience including undergraduate students, graduate students, andgeneral readers seeking non-technical descriptions of the field and its practices. It is also useful for healthcare practitioners wishing to stay abreast of the changes and updates in the field.

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Key features
  • Within two volumes, over 400 signed entries and their associated bibliographies and recommended readings authoritatively cover issues in both historical and contemporary context.
  • Comprehensive in nature, the encyclopedia encompasses 16 broad thematic areas:  Access to Care; Accreditation, Associations, Foundations & Research Organizations; Biographies of Leaders; Cost of Care, Economics, Finance & Payment Mechanisms; Disease, Disability, Health & Health Behavior; Government & International Healthcare Organizations; Health Insurance; Health Professionals & Healthcare Organizations; Health Services Research; Laws, Regulations & Ethics; Measurement, Data Sources & Coding, & Research Methods; Outcomes of Care; Policy Issues, Healthcare Reform & International Comparisons; Public Health; Quality & Safety of Care; and Special & Vulnerable Groups.
  • Cross-references provide links between entries and guide readers to related topics; readers are further assisted in finding related entries via the thematic "Reader's Guide" in the front matter.
  • In addition to considering racial and ethnic differences, cross-cultural reference is made as appropriate to other countries and other systems of healthcare.
  • Appendices provide an annotated listing of organization web sites and a thematic bibliography, and the entire work concludes with a detailed index.
  • Availability in print and electronic formats provides students and researchers with convenient, easy access.

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