RESEARCH FOR OUR CHANGING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT
Since 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health. To further its mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation strives to foster innovation, develop ideas, disseminate information, and enable committed people to devote their energies to improving the nation's well-being. As part of the Foundation's efforts to inform the public, To Improve Health and Health Care, the tenth volume in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Anthology series, provides an in-depth look into the programs it funds. Written for policymakers and practitioners, as well as interested members of the public, the series offers valuable lessons for leaders and educators developing plans for the coming years.
The cases discussed in To Improve Health and Health Care: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Anthology provide a critical analysis of the Foundation's activities and how it tackles health and health care issues. Written by the country's leading science and medical journalists, as well as experts from universities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this volume includes chapters on
This book provides a forum for experts familiar with various programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) to discuss the background and outcomes of these programs. A series of 11 chapters provide information on RWJ initiatives ranging from the healthcare workforce, to access to care surveys, to the homeless families programs. The editors intend the articles in this book to provide an informed assessment of the RWJ strategies and the lessons learned from RWJ programs in three major subject areas: access to healthcare services, changes in the healthcare system, and efforts to improve services to vulnerable groups. The intended audience ranges from public policy professionals to officers and trustees of foundations addressing social problems, to members of the public interested in health and healthcare. Because the book focuses on work by RWJ, the references in each chapter largely cite scholarly publications deriving from these projects. In some cases, the scholarship supported by the RWJ has provided a remarkably thorough and wide-ranging exploration of the subject (e.g., the SUPPORT project, medical malpractice initiatives). Other chapters provide an excellent review of the history of scholarship in a particular area punctuated by contributions from RWJ (e.g., review of the National Access to Care surveys). Although this book's content is necessarily circumscribed because of its focus on the RWJ-sponsored projects, these projects have thoroughly examined many important issues in healthcare during the 1990s. The scholars writing each chapter are thoughtful and erudite. Readers interested in the history and programs of RWJ will certainly find the book highly informative.Those interested in the general themes of the book may be better served by publications more broadly addressing those topics. Nonetheless, individual chapters in this book are gems and the dedicated reader will certainly be rewarded.