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Best of health : demographics of health care consumers
Wellner, Alison Stein.
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Ithaca, N.Y. : New Strategist Publications, [1998]

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xv, 455 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
The new health care consumer -- The rapid rise of health care spending -- Changing medical relationships -- Growing diversity in health care -- Making sense of health information -- The emerging self-care industry -- Staying fit and eating right -- The market for alternative medicine -- Managing diseases -- Living with disability -- Mental health care needs -- Treating addictions -- Births, aging and death.
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RA445 .W45 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Library Journal Review

Seventy-three percent of Americans surveyed thought that mental health care should definitely or probably be government's responsibility. Food-borne illness was the leading food and nutrition topic reported in the media during 1997. Native Americans are the ethnic group most likely to be disabled, and minorities are less likely to see physicians. These are just a few examples of the information contained in this compendium, drawn from data collected by the federal government, primarily the National Center for Health Statistics, but with calculations done by the publisher. (Wellner, who specializes in consumer demographics and lifestyle trends, is an associate at Innovation FocusR.) Thirteen chapters ranging from healthcare spending and diversity in healthcare to the market for alternative medicine and the emerging self-care industry provide answers to questions that could otherwise take weeks of research. Each chapter begins with explanatory text describing trends, followed by detailed tables. This is an extremely useful book for marketing as well as health reference information. One complaint: some tables are clearly labeled, making it easy to trace original data if necessary, but others are not. "Source: USDA" doesn't help in locating specific statistics. Recommended for reference collections.‘Kate Kelly, Massachusetts General Hosp., Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Wellner (a demographer rather than a public health or medical researcher) has compiled statistical tables, graphs, and analyses that describe US health behavior. The data are drawn from sources such as the National Center for Health Statistics, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and articles in health science journals. The sources of all data are clearly indicated and are often enhanced with calculations by the publisher. As the author clearly states in her introduction, all the data contained are available from other published sources, but the book is useful in bringing them together. Much of the data are available at the CDC's Web site , which provides links to the National Center for Health Statistics and to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The Web version lends itself more easily to updating than the printed volume. Best of Health may go quickly out of date, but it would remain a valuable finding aid for identifying electronic sources for various health data. It is easy to use and provides a helpful glossary. It would be particularly useful for students and researchers in the public health disciplines. K. A. Burke; New York University