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Decision making is a critical element in the field of medicine that can lead to life-or-death outcomes, yet it is an element fraught with complex and conflicting variables, diagnostic and therapeutic uncertainties, patient preferences and values, and costs. Together, decisions made by physicians, patients, insurers, and policymakers determine the quality of health care, quality that depends inherently on counterbalancing risks and benefits and competing objectives such as maximizing life expectancy versus optimizing quality of life or quality of care versus economic realities.

Broadly speaking, concepts in medical decision making (MDM) may be divided into two major categories: prescriptive and descriptive. Work in the area of prescriptive MDM investigates how medical decisions should be done using complicated analyses and algorithms to determine cost-effectiveness measures, prediction methods, and so on. In contrast, descriptive MDM studies how decisions actually are made involving human judgment, biases, social influences, patient factors, and so on. The Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making gives a gentle introduction to both categories, revealing how medical and healthcare decisions are actually made—and constrained—and how physician, healthcare management, and patient decision making can be improved to optimize health outcomes.

Key Features

  • Discusses very general issues that span many aspects of MDM, including bioethics; health policy and economics; disaster simulation modeling; medical informatics; the psychology of decision making; shared and team medical decision making; social, moral, and religious factors; end-of-life decision making; assessing patient preference and patient adherence; and more
  • Incorporates both quantity and quality of life in optimizing a medical decision
  • Considers characteristics of the decisionmaker and how those characteristics influence their decisions
  • Presents outcome measures to judge the quality or impact of a medical decision
  • Examines some of the more commonly encountered biostatistical methods used in prescriptive decision making
  • Provides utility assessment techniques that facilitate quantitative medical decision making
  • Addresses the many different assumption perspectives the decision maker might choose from when trying to optimize a decision
  • Offers mechanisms for defining MDM algorithms

With comprehensive and authoritative coverage by experts in the fields of medicine, decision science and cognitive psychology, and healthcare management, this two-volume Encyclopedia is a must-have resource for any academic library.

The straight scoop on choosing and implementing an electronic health records (EHR) system

Doctors, nurses, and hospital and clinic administrators are interested in learning the best ways to implement and use an electronic health records system so that they can be shared across different health care settings via a network-connected information system. This helpful, plain-English guide provides need-to-know information on how to choose the right system, assure patients of the security of their records, and implement an EHR in such a way that it causes minimal disruption to the daily demands of a hospital or clinic.

  • Offers a plain-English guide to the many electronic health records (EHR) systems from which to choose
  • Authors are a duo of EHR experts who provide clear, easy-to-understand information on how to choose the right EHR system an implement it effectively
  • Addresses the benefits of implementing an EHR system so that critical information (such as medication, allergies, medical history, lab results, radiology images, etc.) can be shared across different health care settings
  • Discusses ways to talk to patients about the security of their electronic health records

Electronic Health Records For Dummies walks you through all the necessary steps to successfully choose the right EHR system, keep it current, and use it effectively.

Prepared by two leading experts in musculoskeletal ultrasound and a well-known podiatrist, this atlas is a complete guide to the use of ultrasound in the diagnosis of foot and ankle disorders. The book contains over 500 illustrations, including full-color Doppler images and correlative MR images to show comparative anatomy and pathology. For each region of the foot and ankle, the atlas shows normal ultrasound anatomy and appearances of specific disorders. The authors compare the utility of ultrasound and MRI, particularly in detecting soft tissue injuries and foreign bodies. A chapter on ultrasound-guided therapeutic injections and diagnostic aspirations is also included.

The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee: A Practical Guide to Management presents the orthopedic surgeon with an unprecedented review of the most recent and advanced information available on the successful diagnosis and treatment of multiple ligament knee injuries. Gregory C. Fanelli, MD, handpicked internationally renowned contributors to ensure that the clearly written guide is valuable for orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, sports medicine fellows, physical therapists, physician assistants, and all other health professionals who treat traumatic injuries of the knee. The comprehensive volume covers the basic anatomy and biomechanics of the knee as well as the assessment and classification of knee injuries. Although the chapters build upon each other, they can also stand alone as practical, quick references. The format is particularly useful given the extensive number of treatment techniques that are examined, including nonoperative, arthroscopic, and open surgical approaches. Vascular and nerve injuries are addressed in addition to various ACL/PCL/Medial/Lateral injuries. Chapters on postoperative rehabilitation, possible complications, and brace treatment provide additional insight. The definitive text is completed by select case studies that demonstrate how highlighted approaches are applied. Techniques are also reinforced by a wealth of line drawings and photographs. The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee will be a valuable guide for attending orthopaedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, sports medicine fellows, orthopaedic surgery residents, as well as allied health professionals, including physical therapists, physician assistants, and all who treat traumatic injuries of the knee.  

This guide accessible to the students (both undergraduates and postgraduates) and faculty members of almost all the disciplines of health sciences. The book is designed specifically keeping in mind with all the core skills you need to make your mark as a high performing and an effective scientific writer. The book provides essential pointers for the beginners who are not well versed in writing a scientific paper. This compact, easy-to-use guide is a concise, yet comprehensive reference available for today’s writers that guides through the step-by-step method of preparation of an article and getting it published in a good biomedical journal. It offers practical advise, clear definitions, and helpful explanations in a clear and readable style. The principles applied are applicable to all the disciplines of health sciences. This book gives clear practical advises, illustrated with examples on how to write an original research paper, a review article, case report and letter to editor. The contents of the manual would be of value to all the scientific writers, the response be overwhelmingly positive and be most widely adopted in the nation. To enjoy while reading the material and also attempt to write a good scientific paper which would be acceptable in an international indexed journal with high impact factor. This book would help any trainee scientist to improve his/her skills in writing a paper and enjoy in doing so.

This highly useful reference provides essential information that makes the task of transcribing medical reports easier and more efficient. Organized by the type of problem or issue transcriptionists are likely to encounter on the job - and written by an experienced, well-known medical transcriptionist - the format of this book is designed to significantly reduce "down time" spent researching information. It follows the AAMT style guidelines and provides quick access to facts related to anatomy, general medical terminology, and various medical specialties.

  • Intuitive, problem-based organization presents information by type of problem or situation that transcriptionists are likely to encounter, for fast, efficient reference.
  • A broad scope provides just the right amount of information for answers to the most common issues that most medical transcriptionists encounter.
  • Authored by a well-known and respected professional, her expertise gives the reader confidence in the value, accuracy, and relevance of the material.
  • Written to specifically reflect the AAMT style guidelines, for a direct tie-in with the accepted national standard.
  • The best "first reach" book for time-saving and accuracy -it often provides the answer immediately, or otherwise directs the user to the next level search.

Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa. Reference for chiropractors or historians. Authors Peterson and Wiese are librarians at Palmer in Davenport. Endorsed by the Association for the History of Chiropractic and the Chiropractic Centennial Foundation. Color and halftone illustrations.

Thoroughly updated for its Third Edition, this guide will help health care professionals in all clinical settings communicate easily with Spanish-speaking patients. It presents Spanish words, phrases, questions, and instructions that cover signs and symptoms, history-taking, assessment of all body systems, mental health, diagnostic tests, disorders, medications, procedures, surgery, nutrition and diet therapy, medical equipment, and alternative and complementary therapies. Features include a picture dictionary, clear body-system illustrations with labels in both languages, rules of Spanish pronunciation and grammar, and indexes in English and Spanish.

A companion Website offers audio files with correct pronunciations for hundreds of medical terms in English and Spanish, downloadable to a computer or MP3 player.

Now in its Second Edition with a new title, Best Practices: Evidence-Based Nursing Procedures is an excellent compilation of "best" practices based on current research and expert consensus findings. This timely, authoritative reference applies research findings directly to every aspect of nursing practice to guide nurses in performing procedures for patients with a full range of conditions and illnesses.

This edition provides a thorough update and review and includes new procedures and practices. Every entry is evidence-based, identifies the sources of the evidence, and now includes manufacturer recommendations. Nursing diagnoses, expected outcomes, and unexpected outcomes (complications) are now discussed for each procedure.

This pocket-sized guide gives working nurses 3,400 medical terms and abbreviations they need at their fingertips. Features:
Alphabetical listing of all terms for ready reference;
Illustrations of body systems;
Common diseases with signs, symptoms, and treatments;
Diagnostic and surgical procedures;
Up-to-date medical vocabulary;
Side-of-page shading for easy navigation.