Disease Management Sourcebook, 2nd Ed.
- Author/Editor: Keith Jones
- Binding: Library binding
- Trim Size: 6 x 9
- Page Count: 608
- Publication Date: Mar 2017
- ISBN: 978-0-7808-1545-2
- List Price: $95.00
Web Price: $85.00
Disease Management Sourcebook, Second Edition provides facts about navigating the health care system, communicating with health care providers, finding and evaluating health information, and making health care decisions. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms and a directory of resources for additional help and information and includes access to Health Reference Series Online.
This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest and chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.
Part I: Facts about Serious and Chronic Illnesses presents an overview of disease management in the United States. It includes information about risk factors for chronic disease and symptoms that may indicate serious health conditions or medical emergencies. It describes common screening and diagnostic tests and offers tips for finding support after receiving a diagnosis.
Part II: Working with Healthcare Providers and the Healthcare System provides information about effective communication in a doctor’s office or hospital setting. Topics include making decisions in consultation with the doctor, second opinions, understanding medical specialties and alternative medicine, clinical trials and laboratory services. Basic information is also provided about choosing a hospital and undergoing surgery, and issues related to healthcare quality are addressed.
Part III: Health Literacy and Making Informed Health Decisions discusses the skills that are essential for making knowledgeable healthcare choices. These include finding reliable and latest health information, personal health records, electronic health records, being aware of issues related to patient privacy rights, understanding informed consent, preventing medical errors, and recognizing fraud.
Part IV: Prescription (Rx) and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications provides information about what medications do and how to use them safely. It discusses purchasing and using prescription, generic, and over-the-counter drugs. Individual chapters provide details about common drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, drug name confusion, counterfeit and misused drugs and imported drugs and safety concerns.
Part V: Managing Chronic Disease offers guidelines for self-management practices, including tips for dealing with pain, stress, and depression. Infection prevention, assistive technology, home modifications, and transitional and palliative care options are explained. A chapter offering tips for caregivers of individuals with chronic disease is also included.
Part VI: Children and Chronic Disease presents facts for parents and caregivers about serious illness in children, home healthcare, and the pediatric intensive care unit. It offers guidelines to help families and schools provide medical support for students with asthma, diabetes, and other chronic conditions, and it provides information about finding camps for children with special health needs.
Part VII: Legal, Financial, and Insurance Issues That Impact Disease Management includes information about healthcare benefit laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. It describes advance directives and discusses hospital bills and access to free or reduced-cost healthcare. It also provides guidelines for purchasing health insurance and addresses such concerns as health savings accounts, medical discount plans and cards, the insurance needs of people with known medical risk factors, and the insurance claim process.
Part VIII: Additional Help and Information includes a glossary of related terms and directories of resources for information about disease management, health insurance, and financial assistance for medical treatments.
- Library binding, 6 x 9
- 550-650 pages per volume
- Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
- Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
- Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
- Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
- Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
- Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
- Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
- Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts
"Intended for lay readers, this resource clarifies the many confusing and overwhelming details associated with chronic disease care. ... Meticulous and clearly explained, the book even includes diagrams intended to ease comprehension of over-the-counter medication labels. An essential guide to navigating the health-care rapids."
—Library Journal, Aug '08
"The book was written to help the consumer become a savvy health advocate of their own or on their family’s behalf. Each section lists numerous other sources for finding information on the specific topic. ... The last part includes a glossary, information resources for disease management, directory of health insurance information, directory of groups that provide financial assistance for medical treatments, and an index. Consumers need to know how to manage their health care the same way they manage anything else in their lives. The text is very readable and is written for the layperson and consumer. The cost is not prohibitive. This book should be in all collections of health care libraries and public libraries."
—American Reference Books Annual, 2009
"The information is very current, and the selection of font and layout make the book easy to read. A hardback that will stand up to much usage, this is an excellent resource for consumers. ... Recommended. General readers."
—Choice, Nov '08