Consumer Health: Making Informed Decisions is a concise, current text with the most up-to-date information about health care reform and insurance. It is devoted to the most important issues relative to consumer health issues, including advertising, dietary supplements, herbal remedies, weight management, and medications. There are in-depth analyses of the American health care system, insurance options, and consumer protection. The text also takes a critical look at complementary and alternative therapies.
Throughout the text, there are guidelines for making decisions that can benefit the individual. A comprehensive list of learning objectives precede each chapter and a list of study questions conclude each chapter. The questions are designed to help the student summarize the major points of the chapter, prepare for exams, and critically analyze the material contained in the chapters.
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Features & Benefits
- All content is current and well documented
- The first chapter, The Good Consumer discusses some of the skills necessary to being an effective consumer, including evaluating information, decision-making, and self-protection
- Contains a comparison of the American system with those of other developed nations
- Discusses issues related to medications – over-the-counter and prescription
- Addresses complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies
- Throughout the text, there are guidelines for making decisions that can benefit the individual
- Each chapter contains a list of objectives and a set of study questions to help the student use the book most effectively
- Key terms are highlighted and defined in each chapter and in the glossary
Chapter 1 The Good Consumer
Chapter 2 The Health Care System
Chapter 3 Fraud
Chapter 4 Insurance
Chapter 5 Medications
Chapter 6 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Chapter 7 Dietary Supplements
Chapter 8 Weight Management
Chapter 9 Advertising
Chapter 10 Consumer Protection
J. Thomas Butler, EdD, CHES
J. Thomas Butler, a Certified Health Education Specialist, spent more than 35 years in higher education. With a doctorate in Health Education from The University of Tennessee, he last served as senior faculty member in the Community Health and Health Education programs at Delaware State University. He has published in several professional journals and has authored textbooks that were well-received in the academic community.
Tom has served as a trainer and consultant to the BEST Foundation for a Drug-Free Tomorrow as well as providing active leadership in numerous community and professional organizations. He was a member of the Competency Update Project Advisory Committee and a co-writer of A Competency-Based Framework for Health Educators – 2006, the document that serves as the basis for professional certification, program accreditation and approval, and academic program development. His honors include Fellowship in the American School Health Association and honorary membership in the Delaware State University Alumni Association.