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Health Policy Analysis, Second Edition
An Interdisciplinary Approach

Author(s): Curtis P. McLaughlin, DBA, Professor Emeritus, Kenan-Flagler Business School and School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Craig D. McLaughlin, MJ, Health Policy Speaker and Consultant, Berkeley, California
  • ISBN-13: 9781284037777
  • Product With Access Code    466 pages      © 2015
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Drawing from the perspectives of a variety of disciplines, this innovative text is unlike any others of its kind. Health Policy Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Second Edition analyzes current U.S. health policy and proposes various alternatives for developing future health policy without pushing a single solution set—rather, it considers the viewpoints of economics, political science, management, communications, technology, and public health.

Organized into three sections, this unique text first explores the current and historical issues with the U.S. healthcare system and considers the alternatives for future policy that have strong support. It then reviews the political processes that influence planning in various healthcare settings; presents the accepted methods of economic and financial analysis; and addresses the ethical and other value considerations that must enter into the health policy process. Finally, it takes a look at the roles, skills, and leadership that health professionals can bring to the policy making process in their local and national communities.

The Second Edition offers:

  • An expansive new look at the Affordable Care Act woven throughout Chapters 1-5
  • New chapter on evidence-based medicine.
  • Greater emphasis and focus on the learning health system as well as cost and outcomes, in light of the shrinking crisis of the uninsured.
  • All new cases in each chapter.
  About the Authors
    Chapter  1  Introduction
  Part  I  The Context
    Chapter  2  Where Are We?
    Chapter  3  How Did We Get Here?
    Chapter  4  Where Do We Want to Be?
    Chapter  5  What Are the Governmental Alternatives? Many Actors, Many Proposals
    Chapter  6  Alternative Responses and Initiatives of Institutions and Professions
  Part  II  The Policy Analysis Process
    Chapter  7  The Policy Analysis Process-Identification and Definition
    Chapter  8  The Policy Analysis Process - Evaluation - Technology Assessment
    Chapter  9   The Policy Analysis Process - Evidence Based Medicine
    Chapter  10  The Policy Analysis Process - Evaluation - Political Feasibility
    Chapter  11  The Policy Analysis Process - Evaluation - Economic Viability
    Chapter  12  The Policy Process - Analysis of Values - Last But Not Least
    Chapter  13  Implementation Strategy and Planning?
  Part  III  The Professional as a Participant
    Chapter  14  Double Checking for Contextual Change
    Chapter  15  Health Professional Leadership
    Chapter  16  Conclusion - All Those Levers and No Fulcrum

Curtis P. McLaughlin, DBA-Professor Emeritus, Kenan-Flagler Business School and School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Curtis P. McLaughlin, D.B.A., is professor emeritus and adjunct professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  At the time of his retirement he was also Professor of Health Policy and Administration in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and Senior Research Fellow of the Cecil B. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.  Prior to coming to North Carolina, he was Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School and also taught in the Harvard School of Public Health.  He is the author or coauthor of approximately 275 publications, including Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care with A.D. Kaluzny, now in its third edition with Jones & Bartlett. He received his BA in Chemistry from Wesleyan University and his MBA and his DBA from Harvard Business School. While there, he studied and then taught in the initial Harvard interdisciplinary program in health care economics and management.

Craig D. McLaughlin, MJ-Health Policy Speaker and Consultant, Berkeley, California

Craig D. McLaughlin, MJ is a journalist, author, and public speaker. He was executive director of the Washington State Board of Health when he co-authored the first edition of this book. He joined the Board as senior health policy manager in 2001 and served as executive director from 2004 to 2011. Immediately prior, he served as director of college relations and adjunct faculty for The Evergreen State College. As a newspaper editor and freelance journalist for more than a decade, Mr. McLaughlin wrote and edited articles on a broad range of health issues. He has served as a communications consultant to foundations and as a management consultant to media organizations. Mr. McLaughlin earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology from Wesleyan University and his Masters in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. He also completed all coursework toward a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in health administration at the University of New Mexico.

  • "[Other texts] ...present much of the same material, but place less emphasis on how to engage health professionals in the policy process. Most take a discipline-specific or just a policy approach, rather than illustrating how health professionals as an interdisciplinary team are critical to policy-making. This book is current in addressing the rapidly changing healthcare delivery and health policy landscape."

    —Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN, The College of New Jersey (For Doody's Book Review Service, Sept. 2014)

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