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The Clinical Application
of Outcomes Assessment


by Steven G. Yeomans

This easy-to-use handbook brings together a wealth of outcomes assessment tools you can use immediately in order to develop an effective outcomes management system. The text begins with an introduction and overview, followed by a discussion of the practical use of both objective and subjective assessment tools - - many of which are gold standards in the medical community. Next, you’ll review how to apply the tools in the clinical setting and examine the practical aspects of outcomes management. Actual forms and clear scoring instructions are included. The closing chapter describes how data can be used to enhance patient satisfaction as well as to secure a niche in the managed health care system in the future. This book is abundantly illustrated and filled with useful algorithms and decision pathways, and presents a practical approach to using outcome measures and implementing outcome management in the clinical setting. Make it part of your professional collection today!

696 pages

Hallmarks of Effective
Outcomes Assessment


by Trudy W. Banta

The booklet details the specific hallmarks that are required for the success of any assessment program—from leadership and staff development to the assessment of processes as well as outcomes, ongoing communication among constituents, and more. It presents a range of articles that reveal what these hallmarks look like in action and that provide examples of institution-wide approaches as well as specific strategies that have been used to ensure success and ongoing improvement. For the reader who is new to assessment this is an excellent and easy-to-use tool for getting a good understanding of what quality assessment looks like. For those with more experience, this booklet provides a wealth of specific strategies for improving existing programs or introducing new ones. Also, included is a matrix of hallmarks and articles, to help readers better match the articles to the hallmarks they illustrate.

Measuring Health:
A Guide to Rating Scales
and Questionnaires


by Ian McDowell

Worldwide economic constraints on health care systems have stressed the need to monitor the outcomes of care and the output of the health system. This is the second edition of a reference book that provides in-depth reviews of the quality of the leading health measurements that are used for these purposes. Its principal aim is to guide the reader in choosing among rival measurement methods and to score the instrument chosen. The book also provides a critical overview of the field of health measurement, with a technical introduction and discussion of the history and future directions for health measurements. Eighty-eight measurements that evaluate health via questionnaires or rating scales are reviewed. Accounts of the 50 scales included in the first edition have been updated, the original chapters have been expanded to include new methods, and two new chapters on depression measurements and mental status testing have been added. The book covers measurements of physical disability, social health, psychological well-being, depression, mental status, pain, general health status and quality of life.

768 pages

Designing and Conducting
Health Surveys


by Lu Ann Aday

Designing and Conducting Health Surveys is written for students, teachers, researchers, and anyone who conducts health surveys. This third edition of the standard reference in the field draws heavily on the most recent methodological research on survey design and the rich storehouse of insights and implications provided by cognitive research on question and questionnaire design in particular. This important resource presents a total survey error framework that is a useful compass for charting the dangerous waters between systematic and random errors that inevitably accompany the survey design enterprise. In addition, three new studies based on national, international, and state and local surveys-the UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, California Health Interview Survey, and National Dental Malpractice Survey-are detailed that illustrate the range of design alternatives available at each stage of developing a survey and provide a sound basis for choosing among them.

544 pages

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