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ISBN: 9780335243815
Division: Open University Press
Pub Date: SEP-11
Pages: 592

Edition: 02
Format: Paperback
Availability: In Stock


Healthcare Management

Kieran Walshe, Judith Smith
(University of Manchester, Nuffield Trust, London)


About the book

"This is an outstanding book that provides the concepts and tools necessary to enable healthcare managers and policy makers to build better health care systems. The book maintains the strengths of the first edition … and adds new chapters and updated content throughout to make the book more international and comprehensive in its coverage of topics."
Tom Rundall, Professor of Organised Health Systems, University of California at Berkeley, USA

"This book covers the main areas of knowledge which managers need, and gives tools for thinking and empirical examples relevant to current challenges. Evidence based management might not always be possible, but this book gives a way for a manager to become research-informed and therefore more effective."
Professor John Øvretveit, Director of Research, The Karolinska Institute, Sweden

“This newly revised edition of a well-known text, offers a comprehensive overview of the complexities of healthcare organisation and management. It is a welcome and timely addition to the genre…suitably impressive” Nursing Times, May 2012

This popular book is amongst the most comprehensive textbooks on healthcare management available. Written with healthcare managers, professionals and students in mind, it provides an accessible guide to healthcare systems, services, organisations and management. Key areas include:
  • Allocating resources for healthcare: setting and managing priorities
  • Health technologies, research and innovation
  • Internationalisation of health systems and policies
  • Healthcare services: structure and delivery
  • Chronic disease and integrated care
  • Healthcare leadership and networks: incentives, governance and performance
The new edition features an updated structure to support teaching and learning and thirteen new chapters which draw upon a wealth of experience from leading international experts in the field. This includes references to practical policy and case study materials, chapter summaries focusing on key points, self-assessment learning exercises, further reading and links to useful web-based resources.

Healthcare Management is valuable reading for students and healthcare professionals involved in management, research and health policy making. The links between the theory and practice of healthcare management are skilfully explored and the authors show how best practice within healthcare systems can be maintained.

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