Child Public Health

Child Public Health


By (author) Dr. Mitch Blair, By (author) Prof. Sarah Stewart-Brown, By (author) Dr. Tony Waterston, By (author) Dr. Rachel Crowther

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 20mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 19 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199547505
  • ISBN 13: 9780199547500
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 86 black and white line drawings and 15 black and white halftones
  • Sales rank: 804,531

Product description

Despite children making up around a quarter of the population, the first edition of this book was the first to focus on a public health approach to the health and sickness of children and young people. It combined clinical and academic perspectives to explore the current state of health of our children, the historical roots of the speciality and the relationship between early infant and child health on later adult health. Child public health is a rapidly developing field, and is increasingly recognised throughout the world as a major area of focus for population health. Targeting the health of children now is essential if we are to achieve a healthy population as adults. For the second edition the text has been revised and updated with new material on health for all children, global warming, child participation, systems theory, refugees, commissioning, and sustainable development. Child Public Health 2e will be of interest to public health practitioners, paediatricians, general practitioners with a child health and commissioning interest and GP trainees. Whilst paediatricians are given a unique population perspective on their clinical specialty, public health professionals will gain a specialist insight into a specific population group and primary care doctors, nurses and managers will find support for their commissioning and clinical governance agendas.

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Author information

Rachel Crowther MB BChir, MSc, FFPH Rachel Crowther is a consultant in public health medicine working at the South East Public Health Observatory in Oxford. Her special interests are in child public health and health intelligence, and she has contributed to several books in the fields of public health and paediatrics. She is also interested in teaching, especially the integration of public health teaching into other curricula, medical and otherwise. She has five children aged between four and eighteen and currently lives in a boarding house in a secondary school in which she plays an active pastoral role. She also writes fiction and has had a number of short stories published.

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This book is warmheartedly recommended as a comprehensive textbook for practitioners and is also well suited for postgraduate courses in social paediatrics for physicians, public health workers and professionals in the social services. European Journal of Public Health Review from previous edition Paranoia can blight attempts at improving public health. The authors are to be congratulated in the nearly always taking a sensible and pragmatic line which depends much more on the positive aspects of public health policy and practice than protecting children from what may be small or hypothetical risks. Journal of Public Health, Vol. 27, No. 2 This book gives an overview of child health in the United Kingdom and internationally, the founding fathers (those listed are all men), the epidemiology, the data sources, the policies and politics, and the interventions. British Medical Journal It was a pleasure to review this excellent introductory textbook on child public health written jointly by respected paediatricians and public health professionals. The presentation is clear and authoritative, with key points helpfully placed in text boxes for emphasis ... The coverage of the book is impressive, ranging from family and community perspectives and approaches through to advocacy and national policy. It thus presents an excellent overview for those coming from medical, nursing or social science backgrounds but who are training in child public health ... The book deserves to be read widely and may well have an important impact in training a new generation of health professionals involved in child public health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 82 (2) This is an excellent book and I think it will be very useful. BACCH News Children's public health is not an easy subject to study. While some of the underpinning sciences, such as epidemiology and statistics, are well described in many texts, an overview of the political and cultural context in which public health is practised is more difficult to find. The authors of this book have set out to give us just such an overview and they have succeeded admirably. From the foreword by David Hall This book emphasizes the importance of child public health as a rapidly emerging field and puts the health of children centre stage as society's greatest asset. It maps out what needs to be done to promote and protect the health of children not only in the UK, but internationally. From the foreword by Sian Griffiths, Oxford University

Table of contents

Introduction - Why child public health? ; 1. Child Health in the UK and Europe ; 2. Child Health in developing countries/the majority world ; 3. Determinants of Child Health ; 4. Child public health: lessons from the past ; 5. Key concepts and definitions ; 6. Child health and adult health ; 7. Techniques and resources for child public health practice ; 8. Child Public Health in practice: case scenarios