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Tracking medicine : a researcher's quest to understand health care

Author: John E Wennberg
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author has spent his career illustrating how geography is destiny when it comes to health care. Local medical opinion and the supply of medical resources are as important to the level of medical care provided as are levels of actual illness, or patient preference. In this book, using evidence distilled from his own experience at the forefront of practice variation research, he makes the case for delivery science  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Maps
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John E Wennberg
ISBN: 9780199731787 0199731780
OCLC Number: 461256249
Awards: Commended for PROSE (Nursing/Health Science) 2010
Description: xix, 319 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: An Introoduction to the Problem of Unwanted Variation. In health care, geography is destiny ; The Vermont experience. --
Surgical Variation: Understanding Preference-Sensitive Care. Tonsillectomy and medical opinion ; Interpreting the pattern of surgical variation ; Understanding the market for preference-sensitive surgery ; Learning what works and what patients want ; The birth and near death of comparative effectiveness research. --
Medical Variation: Understanding Supply-Sensitive Care. Understanding supply-sensitive care ; Chronic illness and practice variation ; Is more better? ; Are America's "best hospitals" really the best? ; Ten top reasons why we need to reform the way we manage chronic illness. --
Pathways to Reform. Promoting organized care and reducing overuse ; Establishing shared decision making and informed patient choice ; Five ways to control costs, and accelerate health care reform ; The challenge of practice variations.
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