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Primary Care: Balancing Health Needs, Services, and Technology (Religion in America) Revised Edition

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" ... a wealth of new information. Its scope is international, and the many comparisons between countries make it especially valuable for Canadian readers." Canadian Family Physician (April 1999)

"This book is the synthesis of a lifetime of work in this field....It is a descriptive work of great sweep and erudition and follows primary care as it has evolved and mutated in myriad health care will be valuable to any reader who is interested in the multiple ways in which primary care intersects with the health care system."--JAMA

"The primary care reforms now in process...make Barbara Starfield's book especially important and timely....This one has a wealth of new information."--Canadian Family Physican

"This book is both a comprehensive reference for those new to the field and a thoughtful review for those with more experience."--Annals of Internal Medicine

"Dr. Starfield's book is an excellent assemblage of data about primary care's contribution to society....This book belongs in the library of every physician who must argue for the importance of family medicine in society....Nowhere will one find a more comprehensive single source with more authoritative analysis by a phyician who takes the consumer perspective."--Family Medicine

About the Author

Barbara Starfield is at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.


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Product Details

  • Series: Religion in America
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (October 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195125436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195125436
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Starfield is the best known primary care researcher and advocate in the world. She works in America which has one of the least primary care orientated medical systems in the world.

Her work over many years has shown that healthcare systems orientated towards primary care work much better than those orientated towards specialist practice. This improvement can be measured and shown in terms of reduced morbidity and mortality. Specialists work best when there is an effective primary care filter so that only those who need specialist care get to it.

Starfield has had a lot of work to do to persuade Americans (medical and lay) to accept the efficacy of primary care, which I think explains the level of detailed argumentation presented in this book.

This book is now slightly dated, but still has a lot of useful information and references in it. It is carefully written, and her arguments are made well and in some detail, which means the book is not an easy read. It is a good sourcebook of evidence for and about primary care, both in USA and in the UK and the rest of the world.

I can recommend it to some GPs and to health policy researchers who want a good historical understanding of where primary care comes from, and what its contribution to health care systems might be.

To be honest for current GPs you can get a better flavour, and more quickly, of Professor Starfield's work from her articles and papers than you do from this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jae Ho Lee on September 19, 2009
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The books, primary care written by Barbara Starfield, were deliverd very soon, even though I live out of the US.
The process was clear. I am satisfied with my purchase.
Jae Ho Lee from S. Korea.
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