• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The Health Care Policy Process enables the reader to develop a clear understanding of the scope and objectives of health policy studies, to analyze the extent to which policies can be changed or influenced by those involved at the different stages of the policy process, and to assess both the need and the scope for change. The author considers the relationship between planning and policy, looks at key concepts in analyzing health care issues, and examines some of the debates overshadowing today's health policy agenda.

Studying Health Care Policies
Studying health care policies

If a health care organisation is to be strengthened through its policy formulation, the policy maker, manager or planner must be able to develop informed views. ‘Policy studies’ sound abstract and academic to some, yet the process of study – fact finding and intelligence gathering – is of great practical importance. The health manager and others in leadership positions need to be able to make use of policy studies that others have undertaken. Furthermore, s/he should be competent to determine when and what new study, if any, is needed, and be able to define a commissioned piece of work.

Part II is intended as a guide to policy studies. Chapter 4 asks whether a distinction is to be made ...

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