Personal & public health
We are becoming used to the idea that medical interventions should be based wherever possible on scientific evidence, but the idea that the design and function of health services should also be based on the best scientific evidence is less familiar and more radical. Yet increasingly politicians, policy-makers, managers and health workers are understanding that modern health services must be based on the best available research evidence.
The Scientific Basis of Health Services has grown out of the major conference to look at how the activities of health services can be rooted in research. Leading figures gathered from over 30 countries to share their experience and ideas.
Strong links between science and health care are essential if the outputs of science and technology are to be used to best effect. This ground-breaking book points the way to the future and is essential reading for those designing and managing health services and for those working within them.
Table of Contents
Foresight of advances in science and technology
Towards a paradigm for technology assessment
Economic evaluation and clinical practice
Impact of management on outcomes
Advances in genetics : implications for health services and social and ethical issues
Critical look at clinical guidelines
The Harvard clinical effectiveness training programme
Assessing payback on the investment in research
The role of the consumer in health research
Research in medical ethics and ethics of research in the European Union
Evidence based management in health care
A research base for professional staffing of health services
Shifting the balance between secondary and primary care
Advances in communication and information technology : implications for health services
Promoting the use of research findings
Theory and Practice of economic appraisal in health care
Monitoring and evaluating a community based mental health service : the epidemiological approach
Health promotion and disease prevention : the evaluation of health service interventions