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<i>Health care</i>

Kenneth C. Calman

in The Potential for Health

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780192629449
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629449.003.0010
Health care

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Health care concerns that part of improving health which requires a service, or treatment of care to be given to an individual or community. Quality of life and quality of care are both important. The regular review of the competence of health care professionals is part of this, as is the assessment of outcomes and effectiveness-evidence based medicine and audit. Continuing professional development is a key component of improving care. The management of health care has become increasingly important and involves the use of resources and the choices which need to be made in their allocation. Increasingly information technology will provide an effective tool in managing the large amount of data generated. Within this culture the importance of stories and narrative which form much of the basis of learning remains relevant.

Keywords: health care; treatment; quality of care; outcomes; evidence base; management; use of resources; choices; narrative; story telling

Chapter.  13346 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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