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The Challenge to ChangeReforming Health Care on the Front Line in the United States and the United Kingdom

The Challenge to Change: Reforming Health Care on the Front Line in the United States and the United Kingdom

Rebecca Kolins Givan

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780801450051
eISBN:
9781501706028
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450051.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

There is constant pressure on hospitals to improve health care delivery and increase cost effectiveness. New initiatives are the order of the day in the dramatically different health care systems of ... More

Cleaning UpHow Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients

Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients

Dan Zuberi

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450723
eISBN:
9780801469824
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450723.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

To cut costs and maximize profits, hospitals in the United States and many other countries are outsourcing such tasks as cleaning and food preparation to private contractors. To examine this ... More

Divining without SeedsThe Case for Strengthening Laboratory Medicine in Africa

Divining without Seeds: The Case for Strengthening Laboratory Medicine in Africa

Iruka N. Okeke

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449413
eISBN:
9780801460906
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449413.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

Infectious disease is the most common cause of illness and death in Africa, yet health practitioners routinely fail to identify causative microorganisms in most patients. As a result, patients often ... More

Home Care Fault LinesUnderstanding Tensions and Creating Alliances

Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances

Cynthia J. Cranford

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749254
eISBN:
9781501749285
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749254.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This revealing look at home care illustrates how elderly and disabled people and the immigrant women workers who assist them in daily activities develop meaningful relationships even when their ... More

Phantom Billing, Fake Prescriptions, and the High Cost of MedicineHealth Care Fraud and What to Do about It

Phantom Billing, Fake Prescriptions, and the High Cost of Medicine: Health Care Fraud and What to Do about It

Terry L. Leap

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449796
eISBN:
9780801460807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449796.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

U.S. health care is a $2.5 trillion system that accounts for more than 17 percent of the nation's GDP. It is also highly susceptible to fraud. Estimates vary, but some observers believe that as much ... More

Taking Care of Our OwnWhen Family Caregivers Do Medical Work

Taking Care of Our Own: When Family Caregivers Do Medical Work

Sherry N. Mong

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501751448
eISBN:
9781501751479
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501751448.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

Mixing personal history, interviewee voices, and academic theory from the fields of care work, the sociology of work, medical sociology, and nursing, this book introduces us to the hidden world of ... More

We WalkLife with Severe Autism

We Walk: Life with Severe Autism

Amy S. F. Lutz

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501751394
eISBN:
9781501751417
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501751394.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

In this collection of essays, the author writes openly about her experience as a mother of a now twenty-one-year-old son with severe autism. The author's human emotion drives through each page and ... More

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