Healthcare Management: A Prescription for Improvement?

Healthcare Management: A Prescription for Improvement?

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This popular book is written by leading experts in the field and covers all the key aspects of healthcare management. Written with healthcare managers, professionals and students in mind, it provides an accessible and evidence-based guide to healthcare systems, services, organizations and management. Key areas covered include:

* Structure and delivery of healthcare services in the international context, including mental health, acute care, primary care, chronic disease and integrated care
* Allocating resources for healthcare: setting and managing priorities
* Health technologies, research and innovation
* Global health policy: governing health systems across borders
* Patient and public involvement in healthcare
* Healthcare governance and performance

This third edition has been significantly rewritten, with 10 new contributors and a new chapter structure designed to better support learning, practical application and further study. In addition, there is a more international focus and each chapter includes new case studies giving global examples of health systems and services, new and updated learning activities to encourage application to your own organization, and a range of links to useful online resources.

Healthcare Management is essential research-based reading for students, teachers and healthcare professionals involved in management, research and health policy making.

"Walshe and Smith have assembled an invaluable introduction to healthcare management and health systems. With their fellow authors, they provide a comprehensive review of a range of issues related to the funding and provision of care, and how services are organised and managed.

Now in its third edition, Healthcare Management has been updated and revised to meet the needs of teachers and students alike."
Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund, UK

"This book covers the main areas of knowledge which managers need, and gives tools for thinking and empirical examples relevant to current challenges. Evidence based management might not always be possible, but this book gives a way for a manager to become research-informed and therefore more effective. This third edition of the book is even more relevant internationally and improved to help readers apply the ideas to their situation."
Professor John Ovretveit, Director of Research, LIME/MMC, The Karolinska Institute, Sweden

"No-one learns to be a manager in a classroom or from a book, but books that take this disclaimer as their starting point are indispensable. Walshe and Smith (and their fellow authors) invite their audience (healthcare managers, healthcare policy makers and postgraduate students, taking courses in healthcare management) to critically combine experiential learning with academic learning and to acquire knowledge from both practice and theory. By doing so, they have found the third way between the advocates of evidence-based management and their criticasters."
Dr. Jan-Kees Helderman, Associate Professor in Public Administration, Institute for Management Research, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 180 x 240 x 20mm | 892g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0335263526
  • 9780335263523
  • 404,014

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: The current and future challenges of healthcare management

Part 1: Effective healthcare management

Chapter 2: Evidence based management: A critical appraisal

Part 2: Health systems

Chapter 3: The politics of healthcare and the health policy process: Implications for healthcare management

Chapter 4: Financing healthcare: Funding systems and healthcare costs

Chapter 5: Allocating resources for healthcare: Setting and managing priorities

Chapter 6: Research and innovation in healthcare

Chapter 7: Global health policy: Governing health systems across borders

Chapter 8: Health and well-being: The wider context for healthcare management

Part 3: Healthcare services and organisations

Chapter 9: Primary care

Chapter 10: Chronic Disease and integrated care

Chapter 11: Acute care: Elective and emergency, secondary and tertiary

Chapter 12: Mental health

Chapter 13: Social care

Chapter 14: Purchasing healthcare

Chapter 15: Capital in the Healthcare System: Buildings, Facilities and Equipment

Chapter 16: Informatics for healthcare systems

Chapter 17: The Healthcare Workforce

Chapter 18: Patient and public involvement in healthcare

Chapter 19: Governance and accountability in healthcare

Chapter 20: Quality improvement in healthcare

Chapter 21: Measuring and managing healthcare performance
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About Kieran Walshe

Kieran Walshe is a professor of health policy and management with over 25 years' experience in health services research. He leads the health management group at Manchester Business School, UK.

Judith Smith is a health services researcher and policy analyst with over 20 years' experience, following a prior career in healthcare management. She is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, UK.
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