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Improving health in the community : a role for performance monitoring /
Committee on Using Performance Monitoring to Improve Community Health ; Jane S. Durch, Linda A. Bailey, and Michael A. Stoto, editors.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1997.
description
xvii, 478 p. : ill.
ISBN
0309055342
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Book
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-04-01:
This report provides a framework within which population-based health care issues can be assessed, prioritized, implemented, then evaluated. The focus is to determine how a performance monitoring system could be used to improve the health of a community. One charge of the committee was to produce sets of indicators related to specific public health problems, to be utilized to evaluate the performance of those groups who played a role in attempts to improve the health of the community. The authors propose the utilization of Evans and Stoddart's (1994) Health Field Model as a mechanism to identify the "determinants of health." This model allows one to identify the multiple factors that influence the health of a community, and to identify those agencies/disciplines who have a stake in a community's wellness. A Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP), an interdisciplinary problem solving approach, is proposed and each step of the process explained. The process for selecting performance indicators and determining their appropriateness is reviewed; multiple prototype indicator sets are offered. A timely publication to be used by health, human service, and education professionals. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. M. L. Hopkins Elmira College
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How do communities protect and improve the health of their populations? Health care is part of the answer but so are environmental protections, social and educational services, adequate nutrition, and a host of other activities. With concern over funding constraints, making sure such activities are efficient and effective is becoming a high priority. Improving Health in the Community explains how population-based performance monitoring programs can help communities point their efforts in the right direction. Within a broad definition of community health, the committee addresses factors surrounding the implementation of performance monitoring and explores the "why" and "how to" of establishing mechanisms to monitor the performance of those who can influence community health. The book offers a policy framework, applies a multidimensional model of the determinants of health, and provides sets of prototype performance indicators for specific health issues. Improving Health in the Community presents an attainable vision of a process that can achieve community-wide health benefits.
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How do communities protect and improve the health of their populations? Health care is part of the answer but so are environmental protections, social and educational services, adequate nutrition, and a host of other activities. With concern over funding constraints, making sure such activities are efficient and effective is becoming a high priority. Improving Health in the Communityexplains how population-based performance monitoring programs can help communities point their efforts in the right direction. Within a broad definition of community health, the committee addresses factors surrounding the implementation of performance monitoring and explores the "why" and "how to" of establishing mechanisms to monitor the performance of those who can influence community health. The book offers a policy framework, applies a multidimensional model of the determinants of health, and provides sets of prototype performance indicators for specific health issues. Improving Health in the Communitypresents an attainable vision of a process that can achieve community-wide health benefits.
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"Improving Health in the Community" explains how population-based performance monitoring programs can help communities point their health efforts in the right direction. Offering a policy framework, the book applies a multidimensional model of the determinants of health and provides sets of prototype performance indicators for specific health issues.

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