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Improving health services: background, method and applications

Holland, Walter (2013) Improving health services: background, method and applications. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781783470181

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This insightful book describes how Health Services Research (HSR) can be developed and used to evaluate, advance and improve all aspects of health services. It demonstrates the need for good HSR to avoid the continuation or development of ineffective or cost-inefficient services. Drawing on his extensive personal experience in the development of HSR, Walter Holland provides examples from the US and the UK to illustrate important lessons for the future improvement of health services. Taking a distinctive approach to describing the purposes and activities of HSR, the book focuses on the significance of close collaboration with those responsible for the delivery and decisions of health policy. The major message is the importance of heeding the findings of HSR so as to develop evidence-based health policy, and to understand and influence the actions of health professionals, managers and politicians. Holland strongly advocates greater use of HSR and emphasises its ability to provide vital evidence on how to improve health services. This highly informative and detailed book will strongly appeal to health service researchers, public health practitioners

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2013 Edward Elgar
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 14:52
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 02:59

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