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"This rich array of essays shows how the lens of history can clarify contemporary health-policy dilemmas and enable the reader to see ahead more clearly." --Harvey V. Fineberg, President, Institute of Medicine "A refreshing antidote for those finding it difficult to envision a better future for health care in America. . . . This excellent book helps us all to better understand the subtle relationship among values, institutions, economics, and medicine that shapes our health system." --Stuart M. Butler, Vice President for Domestic Policy, The Heritage Foundation "An important book for those wrestling with the appropriate role of markets in U.S. health policy." --Karen Davis, President, The Commonwealth Fund In this book, seventeen leading scholars make the case for the usefulness of history in evaluating and formulating health policy today. In looking at issues as varied as the consumer economy and the plight of the uninsured, the contributors uncover the ways we think about technology, the role of government, and contemporary medicine. They show how historical perspectives can help policy makers avoid the pitfalls of partisan, outdated, or merely fashionable approaches, as well as how knowledge of previous systems can offer alternatives when policy directions seem unclear. Rosemary A. Stevens is DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar in social medicine and public policy at Weill Cornell Medical College and professor emerita of the history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania. Charles E. Rosenberg is a professor of the history of science and Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the social sciences at Harvard University. Lawton R. Burns is the James Joo-Jin Kim Professor of Health Care Systems at the University of Pennsylvania. A volume in the Critical Issues in Health and Medicine series, edited by Rima D. Apple and Janet Golden

This work discusses a range of topics relevant to contemporary practice and how this sits within health and social care systems. The style of writing is to engage the reader in thoughtful application of information to their own practice and knowledge base. Information is introduced and developed from the perspectives of the individual practitioner, the professional dimensions and finally organisational implications. Topics are grouped into 4 broad sections that examine the context of practice, professionalism, the modernisation and legal agenda and finally practical steps into professional practice. Contributors have been mindful of the current political changes and devolution in the UK and have written in the context of an ever changing dynamic agenda in these influential areas for allied health professionals.

  • Focus on 3 dimensions that impact on AHP practice enabling the reader to think through the issues that affect their role - as a professional practitioner within an allied health profession and the wider organisation and societal environment in which practice occurs.
  • Collection of topics within one publication for all Allied Health Professionals: The establishment of life long learning, self regulation via the Health Professions Council and the interprofessional learning agenda require allied health professionals to look beyond their single profession's boundaries into a shared arena of collaborative practice with a shared visions of influences and political drivers.
  • The sections of the book group topics in areas of commonality, complimenting current professional agendas and making the work easily understandable for the reader.
  • Figures are used within chapters and to consolidate section summaries to enable readers to understand and synthesise concepts more easily and appeal to those with a preferred learning style for visual concept.