To Improve Health and Health Care is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's biannual anthology, focusing on the pressing health and health care issues facing the country. This volume covers some of the most important topics in public health, preventative medicine, and health services. Readers will find an in-depth look into the programs funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, providing policy makers, practitioners, and interested members of the public a valuable perspective to inform strategy for the coming years.
As part of the Foundation's efforts to inform the public, this ongoing anthology of the RWJF provides an update on the latest developments and advances taking place in the field of health, bringing readers up to speed on where we are, and where we still need to go.Understand the new developments in reducing childhood obesity Examine innovations in health care delivery Learn how RWJF programs are making a difference to patients and providers
Since 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health. To further its mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation strives to foster innovation, develop ideas, disseminate information, and enable committed people to devote their energies to improving the nation's well-being. To Improve Health and Health Care describes the latest outcomes and progress, for a complete overview of the American health care system.
The book begins with a comprehensive review of the nursing field by Diana Mason, the Rudin Professor of Nursing at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York, and former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing. Mason’s chapter is followed by reprints of twenty-five of the most influential or significant articles on nursing—some of them classic pieces dating back to Florence Nightingale, others presenting more current thinking on critical issues. This kind of source material is rarely found in one place.
Diane E. Meier, M.D., one of the field's leaders and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in 2009, opens the volume with a sweeping overview of the field. In her essay, Dr. Meier examines the roots of palliative care, explores the key legal and ethical issues, discusses the development of palliative care, and presents ideas on policies that can improve access to palliative care.
Dr. Meier's essay is followed by reprints of twenty-five of the most important articles in the field. They range from classic pieces by some of the field's pioneers, such as Eric Cassel, Balfour Mount, and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, to influential newer articles on topics such as caregiving and cost savings of palliative care. The reprints cover a wide range of topics including:
Why the care of the seriously ill is so important
Efforts to cope with advanced illness
Legal and ethical issues
The demand for palliative care has been nothing short of stunning—largely because of palliative care's positive impact on both the quality and the cost of care provided to seriously ill individuals. By providing a wide-ranging perspective on this growing field, this book will serve as a guide for developing meaningful approaches that will lead to better health care for all Americans.
· Examines the current challenges of primary care and generalist medicine
· Offers a chronological history of the growth of generalist medicine since the 1950s
· Reviews the models of care on which generalist medicine is based
· Analyzes the growth of three disciplines3⁄4general internists, family physicians, and pediatricians
· Looks at the supply and distribution of generalist physicians
· Discusses the education and training of generalist physicians
· Reports on the cost and quality of the care provided by generalist versus specialists