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Author Thomas, Richard K., 1944-

Title Health services planning [electronic resource] / Richard K. Thomas.

Published New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, c2003.


Location Call No. Status
Edition 2nd ed.
Physical description 1 online resource (xiii, 384 p.) : ill.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents What Is a Plan? -- What Is Health Services Planning? -- How Is Health Services Planning Different? -- The Political Nature of Planning -- Who Needs Health Planning? -- Planning for Whom? -- Why Is Health Planning Needed? -- Why the Resistance to Planning? -- What a Plan Is Not -- The Planning Time Horizon -- Health Planning in Today's Environment -- An Overview of Health Planning -- Community-Wide Planning -- Organization-Level Planning -- Health Planning in the United States: Past and Present -- Relationship between Community-Wide and Organization-Level Planning -- Health Planning in Other Countries -- The Social and Health Systems Context for Health Services Planning -- The Sociocultural Context -- The Transformation of the U.S. Healthcare System -- Health Services Demand and Utilization -- Defining "Demand" -- Factors Influencing Demand -- The Elasticity of Health Services Demand -- Measuring Health Services Utilization -- Estimating the Demand for Health Services -- The Planning Process -- The Planning Model -- Steps in the Planning Process -- Developing the Plan -- Implementing the Plan -- "Products" Generated by the Planning Process -- The Evaluation Plan -- Revision and Replanning -- The Community Assessment Process -- Environmental Assessment -- Baseline Data Collection -- Assessing Health Status and Healthcare Resources -- Summarizing the Community Assessment -- The Planning Audit -- Stating Assumptions -- Preparing for the Planning Audit -- Planning Audit Data Collection -- Specifying the Market Area.
Summary Health Services Planning provides the reader with an understanding of the key concepts related to the planning process and offers step-by-step guidelines for developing any type of plan for a community, a health system or an organization. The author addresses the challenge of health planning at both the community level and within the healthcare organization. In addition, the book provides detailed guidance on the development of strategic plans, business plans, and marketing plans. The book provides background on the sociocultural context for health planning and the nature of the demand for health services. Resource material is provided on the research process necessary to support planning activities and sources of data for health planning. Illustrative material is provided through boxes and exhibits throughout the text. An extensive appendix provides examples of various types of plans drawn from the experiences of the author. A glossary provides the reader with definitions of key terms. Readers will gain an appreciation of the importance of planning for the orderly development of health services at the community or organization level. The necessary skills will be learned to allow the reader to formulate plans or, at the least, be able to intelligently discuss the planning process with other health professionals. Health Services Planning is a useful textbook in health administration programs, as well as a resource to health professionals in both public and private sector healthcare organizations who need to have an understanding of the planning process.
Notes Description based on print version record.
Subject Health planning -- Methodology.
MEDICAL -- Administration.
MEDICAL -- Practice Management & Reimbursement.
Electronic books.
Health planning -- Methodology.
Electronic books.
ISBN 0306478900 (electronic bk.)
9780306478901 (electronic bk.)