Health systems are extremely complex organizations that must respond to multiple needs. Providing coordinated and integrated delivery of services involves a great number of professionals, managers, organizations and support staff. The purpose of this book is to simplify this reality to make it more easily understandable and manageable. The various aspects of the systems and the many inter-related activities are explained here in an approach geared to self-learning. Each chapter opens with specific objectives and gives exercises at the end to verify knowledge acquisition. KEY FEATURES OF THE BOOK INCLUDE: 3 MAJOR GOALS: locate and analyze the components of an Health Care System; identify and explain the relations between the components; apply concepts and methods to the Health Care and its components. 27 SPECIFIC APPROACHES: Each chapter covers several specific goals for a better understanding and management of Health Care Systems. UNDERSTANDING HEALTH Care systems for Improved Management: provides the reader with necessary tools to maintain an effective Health Care framework within the various particular organization. Raynald Pineault has been researcher and Professor Emeritus at the Université de Montréal. He is currently medical advisor at the Direction de santé publique of the Agence régionale de la santé and services sociaux de Montréal (Montreal Regional Health and Social Services Board/ Department of Public Health) and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.
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