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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 235-236  

Epidemiology and management for health care

Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Date of Submission06-Jun-2022
Date of Decision23-Jun-2022
Date of Acceptance24-Jun-2022
Date of Web Publication12-Jul-2022

Correspondence Address:
Kapil Goel
Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijph.ijph_749_22

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Goel K. Epidemiology and management for health care. Indian J Public Health 2022;66:235-6

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Goel K. Epidemiology and management for health care. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Aug 13];66:235-6. Available from:

Editors: P V Sathe, P P Doke

Publisher: Vora Medical Publication, Mumbai

Pages: 468

Edition: Sixth

Price: Rs 700

Year of Publication: 2022

ISBN: 81-8406-010-6

This sixth edition of Epidemiology and Management for Health Care arrives more than 30 years after the first edition, a much smaller single-authored volume that outlined the concepts and methods of a rapidly growing discipline. The fourth edition, published 23 years later, was a significant transition as the book grew along with the field. It saw the addition of a second author and an expansion of topics contributed by the second author Dr. P. P. Doke. Now with the help of the second author, this new edition encompasses a comprehensive revision of the content and the introduction of new topics that 21st century epidemiologists and health management experts will find essential. The book authored by Dr. P. V. Sathe and Dr. P. P. Doke, both of whom have rich experiences in teaching and administration, remains ideal for postgraduate students of Community Medicine and Public Health.

The authors have divided the book into three segments giving appropriate weightage to each. The first part, “Essentials of Epidemiology” offers a concise introduction to the subject and helps refresh prior knowledge. This part would also be helpful for nonmedical managers without a previous understanding of epidemiology as it lays down a foundation for a better understanding of health management. It includes seven chapters on general epidemiological concepts, infection dynamics, outbreak investigation, principles of control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, information system, and planning and execution of surveys. The chapter on planning and execution of surveys provides practical hints for planning and carrying out a survey.

The second part, “Essentials of Management” comprising 13 chapters, discusses the essentials of management. The chapter on health management and organization, which was too lengthy in the previous edition, has been bifurcated. This section covers all spheres of management, namely public health management, organizational concepts and behavior, time management, materials management, human resource management, self-management, and modern management techniques. A new chapter on Health Economics has been added to this section, briefly covering the basic concepts such as opportunity cost, types of economic evaluations, and health financing in India. This book will benefit professionals working in health services, hospitals, and various non-governmental organizations.

”Applications for Better Health Care” the third and last section, gives a bird's eye view of India's past, present, and future healthcare scenario. Starting with health status in preindependence India, the book reviews all important health, nutrition, and population programs to date. The authors' efforts to include recent topics are evident throughout the book. Recent advances such as National Health Policy 2017, Global Happiness Index, Global Hunger Index, and Human development report, 2020 are included. A separate section on COVID-19 has been incorporated in the chapter “Control of air-borne diseases.” Topics on health programs have been extensively revised, policies and programs have been updated, and newer initiatives have been included. All the data used in the book are the latest. However, topics like Ayushman Bharat have merely been touched on and must be expanded.

The book covers an extensive range of topics and is written in a practical, clear, and easy-to-grasp language. The authors have given illustrations with real-life examples of how the application of epidemiology and management sciences is necessary and valuable for improving health care. The thought-provoking comments at the end of the chapters and the anecdotes from real life are a welcome relief. Although informative, the tables and text layout fail to stimulate the photographic memory of the readers. Using colored figures would help break the monotony and make things more presentable. In addition, including schematic diagrams to explain topics such as study designs, incubation period, period of communicability, and economic evaluations would help better clarification of concepts.

At a modest price, this book is available in the excellent layout of a textbook. This book will be helpful as an additional resource material for all the graduate and postgraduate students of community medicine, public health, medical officers in health services, hospital administrators, epidemiologists, and those aspiring for selection for posts advertised by the Union Public Service Commission, and State Public Service Commissions.


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