Higher Education

Introduction to Health Services, 7th Edition

  • Stephen J. Williams San Diego State University
  • Paul R. Torrens University of California San Diego
  • ISBN-10: 1418012890  |  ISBN-13: 9781418012892
  • 504 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1999, 1992
  • © 2008 | Published
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About

Overview

The seventh edition of Introduction to Health Services builds upon its reputation as a classic book written by nationally recognized authors. This new edition addresses the increasing pressure to improve the efficiency of the nation’s health care system and to provide an adequate level of health care for all Americans. The seventh edition reflects the revolutionary changes in the practice of clinical medicine, government policy, information technology, and health care cost containment. In-depth information in the areas of health care finance, health care access, managed care, and insurance and home health is also provided. Research and statistics throughout make this book the premier reference for understanding all the services that compose the health care landscape.

Additional Product Information

Features and Benefits

  • New chapter on the Future of Health Services sheds light on current issues and forecasts potential developments
  • Expanded content on the role of public health and preventive services in the reduction of illness and disease and the protection of our nation’s health
  • Review questions at the end of each chapter allow readers to assess their progress

Table of Contents

Preface.
Acknowledgments.
PART ONE: Overview of the Health Services System.
Chapter 1. Understanding Health Systems: The Organization of Health Care in the United States.
Chapter 2. Technology in the U.S. Health Care System.
Chapter 3. Population and Disease Patterns and Trends.
PART TWO: Financing and Structuring Health Care.
Chapter 4. Financing Health Systems.
Chapter 5. Private Health Insurance and Managed Care.
PART THREE: Providers of Health Services
Chapter 6. Public Health: Joint Public-Private Responsibility in an Era of New Threats.
Chapter 7. Ambulatory Health Care Services and Organizations.
Chapter 8. Hospitals and Health Systems.
Chapter 9. The Continuum of Long-Term Care.
Chapter 10. Mental and Behavioral Health Services
PART FOUR: Nonfinancial Resources for Health Care.
Chapter 11. The Pharmaceutical Industry.
Chapter 12. Health Care Professionals.
PART FIVE: Assessing and Regulating Health Services.
Chapter 13. Understanding Health Policy.
Chapter 14. The Quality of Health Care.
Chapter 15. Ethical Issues in Public Health and Health Services.
Chapter 16. The Future of Health Services.
Index.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Online Companion  (ISBN-10: 1418012904 | ISBN-13: 9781418012908)

Includes an Instructor’s Manual with suggested answers to the end-of-chapter review questions, brief case applications, and additional teaching resources; PowerPoint Presentations; Health Economics web links; and suggested internet activities.

Health Services Research Methods  (ISBN-10: 1428352295 | ISBN-13: 9781428352292)

Written with an emphasis on health services delivery and management, Health Services Research Methods balances classic and current models and methodology. It showcases approaches to measuring the relevant structure, process, and outcome variables that can be used to address efficiency and equity issues in health care services delivery. Emerging health services research tools and skills are included as well as implications for practice.

List Price = $203.95  | CengageBrain Price = $203.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $153.25

Student Supplements

Health Services Research Methods  (ISBN-10: 1428352295 | ISBN-13: 9781428352292)

Written with an emphasis on health services delivery and management, Health Services Research Methods balances classic and current models and methodology. It showcases approaches to measuring the relevant structure, process, and outcome variables that can be used to address efficiency and equity issues in health care services delivery. Emerging health services research tools and skills are included as well as implications for practice.

List Price = $203.95  | CengageBrain Price = $203.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $153.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stephen J. Williams

Stephen Williams is the series editor for our Health Services Administration list. He is also a Professor of Public Health and head of the Division of Health Services Administration in the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University in Dan Diego, California.

Paul R. Torrens

Dr. Paul Torrens is Professor of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health in Los Angeles