Monday, June 26, 2006

Priorities in Health

Priorities in Health: " Delivering efficacious and inexpensive health interventions leads to dramatic reductions in mortality and disability at modest cost. Globalization has been diffusing the knowledge about what these interventions are and how to deliver them. The pace of this diffusion into a country—more than its level of income—determines the tempo of health improvement in that country. Priorities in Health aims to speed the diffusion of life-saving knowledge."
This free online book reads like a typical scholarly tome. What upsets me is that there is no mention made at all of patient education ! Educating patients could be one of the most cost-effective use of scarce resources, since patients are the largest untapped healthcare resource ! Why leave them out of the solution ?

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