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Health Policy Developments

Focus on Continuity in Care, Evaluation Techniques, IT for Health

Edited by Reinhard Busse, Annette Zentner, and Sophia Schlette

The latest edition of Health Policy Developments examines how information technologies are radically changing health care—and how health care systems are altering their structures and policies to keep pace. The book also takes a closeup look at two other long-term health policy challenges, continuity and evaluation. Key issues addressed include multimorbidity (patients suffering concurrently from several chronic diseases), disease management program development, and patient empowerment or self-management. The ways in which countries acknowledge a culture of evaluation as integral to their health care systems and policies are also analyzed. Special attention is given to the conditions under which care providers use modern documentation, coaching, and feedback systems to improve quality, patient safety, and job satisfaction.

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