Health and Social Care in the Digital World: Meeting the Challenge for Primary Care

1st Edition

Nigel Starey

CRC Press
April 16, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 168 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367858261 - CAT# 338296

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This provocative and timely book examines the current state of primary care practice and outlines a new vision for the delivery of primary care services, primarily in the UK but also internationally. Encouraging a social compact between citizens, governments and the providers of care, the book describes how this will necessitate a redesign of the welfare sector to ensure it is 'fit for purpose' in the digital world. It explores the respective roles of the inverse care law and the rule of halves, systems theory and learning organisations, mutuality and active citizenship, and how these can be applied to improve service delivery.

Key features:

  • Offers an alternative approach to thinking and a challenge to leaders within primary care and to those with administrative responsibility for the sector
  • Reflects the multiple challenges facing primary care, including the rise in frail elderly patients, increasing multi-morbidities, the impact of changing demography with migration and much more
  • Sets these challenges in a context of increasing workforce pressures, including changing attitudes to professionalism, burnout and recruitment difficulties
  • Outlines a road map for improvement responding to current challenges around social care as well as digital/e-health

Aimed at, and written for, all those committed to improving the future of the primary care sector in the UK and internationally, this important book will be of interest to students, clinicians, managers, commissioners, policy makers and service users.

The author:

Nigel Starey is a practicing GP, an academic GP and an advisor for the Care Quality Commission, UK.


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