The Encyclopedia of Aging

Author: Richard Schulz
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826148438
Format: PDF, ePub
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Comprehensive multidisciplinary encyclopedia dealing with aging processes and older adults. Intended for "the educated inquirer who needs a brief authoritative introduction to key topics and issues in aging." Signed entries contain cross references. Contains lengthy bibliography. General index.

Global Handbook of Quality of Life

Author: Wolfgang Glatzer
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9401791783
Format: PDF, ePub
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This handbook provides a comprehensive historical account of the field of Quality of Life. It brings together theoretical insights and empirical findings and presents the main items of global quality of life and wellbeing research. Worldwide in its scope of topics, the handbook examines discussions of demographic and health development, the spread of democracy, global economic accounting, multi-item measurement of perceived satisfaction and expert-assessed quality of life and the well-being of children, women and poor people. It looks at well-being in specific regions, including North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern and Western Europe. In addition to contributions by leading and younger authors, the handbook includes contributions from International Organizations about their own work with respect to social reporting.

Textbook of Palliative Medicine

Author: Eduardo Bruera
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 0340966246
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Textbook of Palliative Medicine provides an alternative, truly international approach to this rapidly growing specialty. This textbook fills a niche with its evidence-based, multi-professional approach and global perspective ensured by the international team of editors and contributing authors. In the absence of an international curriculum for the study of palliative medicine, this textbook provides essential guidance for those both embarking upon a career in palliative medicine or already established in the field, and the structure and content have been constructed very much with this in mind. With an emphasis on providing a service anywhere in the world, including the important issue of palliative care in the developing nations, Textbook of Palliative Medicine offers a genuine alternative to the narrative approach of its competitors, and is an ideal complement to them. It is essential reading for all palliative care physicians in training and in practice, as well as palliative care nurses and other health professionals in the palliative care team

Neuroepidemiology

Author: Lorene M. Nelson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019513379X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This fine text provides a comprehensive overview of methods for epidemiologic and clinical research on neurological disorders. The book focuses on classic principles of study design in epidemiologic research, strategies for avoiding study biases, methods for conducting clinical trials and prognostic studies, and principles of evidence-based medicine in neurology. The text gives neurologists, epidemiologists, and their students the foundation for conducting rigorous epidemiologic and clinical research on neurologic disorders.

Measuring Health

Author: Ian McDowell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199883149
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Worldwide economic constraints on health care systems have highlighted the importance of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based health policy. The resulting clinical trials and health services research studies require instruments to monitor the outcomes of care and the output of the health system. However, the over-abundance of competing measurement scales can make choosing a measure difficult at best. Measuring Health provides in-depth reviews of over 100 of the leading health measurement tools and serves as a guide for choosing among them.LNow in its third edition, this book provides a critical overview of the field of health measurement, with a technical introduction and discussion of the history and future directions for the field. This latest edition updates the information on each of the measures previously reviewed, and includes a complete new chapter on anxiety measurement to accompany the one on depression. It has also added new instruments to those previously reviewed in each of the chapters in the book.LChapters cover measurements of physical disability, social health, psychological well-being, anxiety, depression, mental status testing, pain, general health status and quality of life. Each chapter presents a tabular comparison of the quality of the instruments reviewed, followed by a detailed description of each method, covering its purpose and conceptual basis, its reliability and validity and, where possible, shows a copy of the actual scale. To ensure accuracy of the information, each review has been approved by the original author of each instrument or by an acknowledged expert.

Health Measurement Scales

Author: David L. Streiner
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191508330
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Clinicians and those in health sciences are frequently called upon to measure subjective states such as attitudes, feelings, quality of life, educational achievement and aptitude, and learning style in their patients. This fifth edition of Health Measurement Scales enables these groups to both develop scales to measure non-tangible health outcomes, and better evaluate and differentiate between existing tools. Health Measurement Scales is the ultimate guide to developing and validating measurement scales that are to be used in the health sciences. The book covers how the individual items are developed; various biases that can affect responses (e.g. social desirability, yea-saying, framing); various response options; how to select the best items in the set; how to combine them into a scale; and finally how to determine the reliability and validity of the scale. It concludes with a discussion of ethical issues that may be encountered, and guidelines for reporting the results of the scale development process. Appendices include a comprehensive guide to finding existing scales, and a brief introduction to exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, making this book a must-read for any practitioner dealing with this kind of data.

Quality of Life Issues in Dermatology An Issue of Dermatologic Clinics E Book

Author: Suephy C. Chen
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 1455743984
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This issue defines the concepts and outlines the concerns surrounding quality of life issues in dermatology. Articles review the concepts of general versus disease-specific measures and include Patient Preference QOL Measures, and Review of Children and Family QOL Measures. Disease specific QOL topics are also included, such as Melanoma, Acne, and Eczema.

A Compendium of Psychosocial Measures

Author: Dr. Dale Johnson, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826118189
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Dale Johnson brings a rare and unique assortment of skills to this enterprise. . . .he has personally been immersed in the world of severe mental illness for many yearsÖand adds a compendium of appropriate tools for the research community." --Harriet P. Lefley, PhD University of Miami School of Medicine (From the Foreword) This book discusses the rationale for the selection of psychosocial measures used to assess adults with serious mental illnesses. The chapters examine the use and efficiency of various measurement tools that intend to evaluate diagnostic and functional specificity, life stressors, supportive resources, quality of life, and more. The text also analyzes external factors that are vital to clients' clinical progress and continuing community tenure, such as continuity of care, housing resources, and family measures. Key Features: Presents the purpose of each measurement tool, the description, psychometric properties, reliability, validity, and usage guidelines in template format Includes measurement tools for functional assessment, community living, social problem solving and coping, agency performance evaluation, and more Contains research on treatment adherence, consumer satisfaction with mental health services, and feelings of empowerment Evaluates the functioning and productivity of treatment and rehabilitation centers This is the ideal tool for clinicians, psychiatrists, rehabilitation professionals, and other mental health professionals working with the mentally ill in hospital or community health settings.

Primary Care Tools for Clinicians

Author: Lorraine Loretz
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0323019838
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Designed to save time and assist busy practitioners, this book guides standardized assessment and documentation of a patient's condition by providing ready-to-use forms that represent the 'gold standard' of current practice.