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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.

Diseases of the Sinuses: A Comprehensive Textbook of Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd Edition, offers the definitive source of information about the basic science of the sinuses and the clinical approach to sinusitis. Since the widely praised publication of the first edition, understanding of sinus disease has changed dramatically, mainly as a result of recent developments and new discoveries in the field of immunology. This updated and expanded edition is divided into sections addressing, separately, the pathogenesis, clinical presentation, medical and surgical management of acute and chronic rhinosinusitis. Special entities such as autoimmune-related sinusitis, allergy and sinusitis, and aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease are discussed in separate chapters. The role of immunodeficiency is also addressed. The management section has been fully updated to incorporate new medical modalities and surgical procedures. Developed by a distinguished group of international experts who share their expertise and insights from years of collective experience in treating sinus diseases, the book will appeal to anyone who has an interest in sinus disease, including both physicians and allied health professionals. Internists, pediatricians, allergists, otolaryngologists and infectious disease specialists will find the book to be an invaluable, comprehensive reference. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners who work with specialists who treat sinus disease will also benefit from the book.

Addresses the urgent need to improve the training and clinical performance of physicians and allied health professionals who use ultrasound for diagnostic applications. Noting that the clinical benefits of this safe, effective, and highly flexible diagnostic tool depend on the training and skills of the user, the report responds to the problems created by the absence, in all but a few affluent countries, of properly developed programmes for training in ultrasonography. These problems, which include the expense of unnecessary examinations as well as the risk of misdiagnosis, are further compounded by the lack of regulation of equipment, its low cost, and recent technical innovations that have increased the difficulties of performing examinations and interpreting their results.
With these problems in mind, the report sets out international guidelines, including recommended curriculum content, for training users to perform and interpret clinical examinations commonly required in different health care settings. While noting that nurses, physicians' assistants, and other health workers often perform examinations, the report recognizes that the interpretation of ultrasound images and diagnostic decision-making are everywhere the responsibility of physicians. Recommended minimum standards for training reflect the consensus reached by an international group of 15 experts. Several professional societies, including the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, also contributed their considerable experience and advice.
The report has six main sections. The first traces the rapid development of diagnostic ultrasound and explains why standards for ultrasonography training must be regarded as a prerequisite for the provision of high-quality diagnostic ultrasound services. Section two reviews recent trends in the utilization of diagnostic ultrasound in clinical practice, and examines the variety of practices, in a range of different countries, that govern the training of users.
Against this background, section three presents recommended ultrasonography curricula judged appropriate for medical students, and for the general, advanced, and specialized training of physicians. General ultrasonography training for sonographers and other allied health professionals is covered in section four.
The recommended content of curricula is expanded in section five, which describes the aspects of basic sciences and instrumentation that should be included in general and advanced training for physicians and allied health professionals. Section six discusses the level of competence that should be reached during training, and presents recommended standards for training programmes and the training process, including requirements for instructors and training centres. The report concludes with a summary of recommendations and conclusions, followed by a list, organized according to clinical specialty, of common applications of diagnostic ultrasound.

As societies become more complex and interconnected, the global risk for catastrophic disasters is increasing. Demand for expertise to mitigate the human suffering and damage these events cause is also high. A new field of disaster medicine is emerging, offering innovative approaches to optimize disaster management. Much of the information needed to create the foundation for this growing specialty is not objectively described or is scattered among multiple different sources. Now, for the first time, a coherent and comprehensive collection of scientific observations and evidence-based recommendations with expert contributors from around the globe is available in Koenig and Schultz's Disaster Medicine: Comprehensive Principles and Practices. This definitive work on Disaster Medicine identifies essential subject matter, clarifies nomenclature, and outlines necessary areas of proficiency for healthcare professionals handling mass casualty crises. It also describes in-depth strategies for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of victims suffering from blast injuries or exposure to chemical, biological, and radiological agents.

Crash Course is a complete revision guide designed specifically to save you time by providing everything you could be asked in the exam in one place. Each book in the series has been specially written either by senior medical students or junior doctors - carefully supervised by faculty advisors - to ensure that it exactly matches your needs by having been prepared by someone who has just been in the exam situation.

This quick reference guide for medical students and residents presents over sixty clinical case studies of major neurological conditions and their associated neuroimaging characteristics. A primer on the fundamental physics which underlie neuroimaging techniques is also provided. The content is organized by pathology type and the structure of every topic is similar to help the reader develop his or her thinking process in a stepwise fashion and to provide a rational approach to imaging interpretation.

Neuroradiology in Clinical Practice is aimed at medical students and residents doing their rotations in neurology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and family medicine, but will also be useful for allied health professionals, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other primary medical care providers.

Written specifically for athletic trainers, the updated second edition of Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers: Recognizing Systemic Disease emphasizes practical knowledge; development of clinical skills, including evaluation and treatment; and development of clinical decision-making abilities.

Inside Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers, Second Edition, you will find an expanded discussion of the pathophysiology associated with general medical conditions, as well as case studies which facilitate the student's ability to formulate a differential diagnosis and make clinical decisions.

Dr. Daniel P. O'Connor and Dr. A. Louise Fincher have incorporated all of the didactic and psychomotor competencies listed within the General Medical Conditions and Pathology of Injuries and Illness domains from the Fourth Edition of the NATA Educational Competencies into this unique text. Competencies that are addressed throughout the text are conveniently listed at the beginning of each chapter in which they are referenced. Individual lab activities are included within some chapters to aid in the development of the psychomotor skills related to evaluating general medical illnesses. Instructors will enjoy new ancillary materials such as test bank questions and PowerPoint slides.

What's New in the Second Edition:
• New chapters on pharmacology; dermatology; and eyes, ears, nose, throat, and mouth
• Integration of NATA Position Statements and Consensus Statements
• Expanded discussion on the physical exam, including detailed instructions for evaluation procedures
• New illustrations and a color atlas
• New icons throughout the text to represent action to be taken by the athletic trainer during an evaluation, such as physician referral or activation of emergency action plan

Lab Activities Inside the Second Edition:
• Use of Pharmacology Resources
• Assessment of Temperature
• Assessment of Vital Signs (heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate)
• Cardiac Auscultation
• Pulmonary Auscultation and Percussion
• Peak Flow Expiratory Rate
• Abdominal Auscultation, Percussion, and Palpation
• Urinalysis
• Assessment of Blood Glucose Levels
• Use of the Otoscope
• Use of the Ophthalmoscope
• Sensory Function
• Motor Function
• Reflex Function
• Cranial Nerve Assessment

With expanded discussions and case studies, new chapters and lab activities, and an emphasis on the development of clinical skills, the Second Edition of Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers: Recognizing Systemic Disease is a must-have for today's athletic training students and clinicians.

Bestselling author Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP-known for his succinct, at-a-glance guidance in clinical decision making-offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the diagnosis of virtually every condition encountered in daily practice. Inside this new reference you'll find nearly 4,000 images-the largest collection of medical images ever assembled in a primary care resource. For each condition examined, the text presents several images from a multiple-modality perspective that together provide a clear picture for obtaining an accurate identification. Differential diagnosis references accompanying each image help you avoid possible misdiagnoses. As an Expert Consult title, this text offers convenient access to the complete contents online, allowing you to perform quick searches, cross reference differential diagnosis references with even greater efficiency, and download all of the images from the book.

  • Provides access to the complete contents online, allowing you to perform quick searches, cross reference differential diagnoses with even greater efficiency, and download all of the images from the book.
  • Features nearly 4,000 high-quality photographs-complemented by concise explanatory text-to help you quickly identify and diagnose virtually every condition encountered in daily practice.
  • Presents several images for each condition correlating various characteristic visual findings.
  • Concisely summarizes each condition's definition, key features, differential diagnosis, therapeutic options, and relevant ICD-9-CM codes.
  • Presents differential diagnosis references for each image to help you rule out conditions with a similar presentation.

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Take the best possible care of adult critical care patients with Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult! Editors Dr. Joseph Parrillo and Dr. Phillip Dellinger, two of the most respected names in critical care medicine, combine their extensive knowledge with that of hundreds of top authorities in the field to bring you expert, state-of-the-art answers to any clinical question you may face in the intensive care unit.

  • Offer your adult critical care patients the most effective care with practical, evidence-based guidance from many of the most trusted experts in critical care medicine.

  • Learn from the best ICU specialists worldwide with contributions from an increased number of international authorities.
  • Effectively manage common complications in the ICU with updated coverage of severe sepsis, septic shock, surgical infections, neurogenic and anaphylactic shock, severe heart failure, acute coronary syndromes, and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
  • Access the complete contents online at Expert Consult, along with an image bank, instructional videos, and critical care review questions and answers for the boards!