"Health demography" has come to play an increasingly important role within the larger field during the past twenty years; the number of health professionals who utilize its methods and materials has grown exponentially. In a thoroughgoing revision of the first edition of this classic text and reference, published by Plenum in 1992, the authors convey the general principles that underlie this applied subdiscipline and demonstrate how the merging of demography and health care impacts on the planning processes of a range of health care organizations.
As the increasing power of computers allows for the processing of ever-larger collections of data, new cross-disciplinary studies are developing; one of these bridges the gap between health care and demographic studies. In this volume, the authors use data from a variety of sources, models, theories and case studies to demonstrate the uses of the health care-demography fusion from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Written for health care practitioners, academic and private sector demographers, and students in demography or health care, Pol (U. of Nebraska) and Thomas (Medical Research Group) discuss the emerging field of study, and aim to further refine its scope, demonstrate its relevance and illustrate its application. After an overview of the US medical system, they converse on what they feel are relevant topics to health care demographics including population size, fertility, and the process of morality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)