|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 163-164
Epidemiology and management for health care
Arun Kumar Aggarwal
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
|Date of Web Publication||14-Jun-2018|
Arun Kumar Aggarwal
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Aggarwal AK. Epidemiology and management for health care. Indian J Public Health 2018;62:163-4
Edition: 5th Edition
Editors: P. V. Sathe, P. P. Doke
Publishers: Vora Medical Publications, Mumbai
Dr. P. V. Sathe and Dr. P. P. Doke are well-established writers with vast experience at very senior positions not only in the health systems but also in the academics. The fact that they have come out with the fifth edition reflects the popularity and demand of their earlier editions.
Authors claim that the book is in demand for postgraduate students of Community Medicine, medical officers in health services, medical and nonmedical functionaries at different levels, hospital administrators, and applicants for various posts of UPSC and SPSC. In this book review, I have examined their claim and found that they meet the expectations of these readers to a large extent.
The book is unique blend of two important subjects Epidemiology and Health Management, which are important pillars for health-care delivery system.
Book is divided into three parts.
Part 1 on Essentials of Epidemiology has seven chapters. Basic concepts and definitions used in epidemiology, epidemiological triad, epidemics, infection dynamics, outbreak investigations, and principles of disease control are discussed. There are chapters on information support and planning and execution of surveys related to these aspects. Authors have given many examples to illustrate the concepts. Authors have given some figures and spot maps also for better understanding. Overall this is a nice, informative, and lucid write-up. However, at places, description of some figures in the text is missing. I believe this section of the book is good for all the target readers except those who are novice and beginners and have very less understanding of the health.
Part 2 is on Essentials of Management and organized in 11 chapters, authors have described very eloquently all important concepts ranging from organizational structure, organizational behavior with concepts of motivation, and conflict management are well-discussed. The concepts of time management, materials management, human resource management, self-management, and communication have been described with good examples from India and abroad and from health and non-health sectors. Real-life examples are the unique selling feature of this book. This section also has chapters on management information system, planning, evaluation, and monitoring, and modern management techniques. To complete the list, there is a chapter on health legislation as well. The book is updated to the fact that authors have described the latest Biomedical Waste Management Rule. A detailed description of various legislations was probably beyond the scope of the book. Text is well-supported by figures, tables, and flow diagrams. At places, however, some of the figures are little complicated to understand and could have been done away. Although section is very text dense, I am sure all readers will enjoy reading it. Hence, for the targeted readers, it seems that contents are comprehensive.
Part 3 designed for applications for better health care has 13 chapters in it. Five of these chapters is on control of various types of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Content-wise these are well written. However, I will like to see these as subpart of Part 1-Epidemiology of the specific diseases. Other chapters building on the development of health services from preindependence era to current NITI Aayog, with chapters on alternative approaches, National Health Mission, and other issues such as malnutrition, Reproductive and child health and population stabilization are welcome. Authors could have given separate chapter on Universal Health Coverage and worldwide experiences of UHC and financial protection to make it more comprehensive.
At places, there is need of some editorial corrections.
Overall, this book fulfills an important need for all the targeted readers with interest in basics of epidemiology and health management.