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Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care

by H. Gilbert Welch

The author of the highly acclaimed Overdiagnosed describes seven widespread assumptions that encourage excessive, often ineffective, and sometimes harmful medical care.


You might think the biggest problem...

Patient Safety Culture: Theory, Methods and Application

by Patrick Waterson

How safe are hospitals? Why do some hospitals have higher rates of accident and errors involving patients? How can we accurately measure and assess staff attitudes towards safety? How can hospitals and other...

An Error in Judgement

by Dara Culhane

An analysis of the controversy surrounding the death of a Native child in Alert Bay, British Columbia.

Patient Safety: Perspectives on Evidence, Information and Knowledge Transfer

by Lorri Zipperer

Patient Safety: Perspectives on Evidence, Information and Knowledge Transfer provides background on the patient safety movement, systems safety, human error and other key philosophies that support change and...

Human Factors Challenges in Emergency Management: Enhancing Individual and Team Performance in Fire and Emergency Services

by Christine Owen

The fire and emergency services is a particularly large industry - in Australia alone it employs 250,000 personnel - yet there is very little by way of published human factors books addressing this sector directly....

Knowledge Management in Healthcare

by Lorri Zipperer

Knowledge management goes beyond data and information capture in computerized health records and ordering systems; it seeks to leverage the experiences of all who interact in healthcare to enhance care delivery,...

Erectile Dysfunction as a Cardiovascular Impairment

by Robert Fried

Erectile Dysfunction as a Cardiovascular Impairment organizes and summarizes the many aspects of biology and metabolism in cardiovascular and sexual function. Coverage includes how blood vessels are discovered...

Statins: Miracle or Mistake?

by Mark James Estren

Most cholesterol doesn’t come from foods — it's made by the body itself! Statins work by interfering with the body’s ability to manufacture cholesterol. Statins: Miracle or Mistake? explains both the pro...

A Life in Error: From Little Slips to Big Disasters

by James Reason

This succinct but absorbing book covers the main way stations on James Reason's 40-year journey in pursuit of the nature and varieties of human error. He presents an engrossing and very personal perspective,...

Aeromedical Psychology

by Carrie H. Kennedy & Gary G. Kay

Aeromedical psychology is that branch of psychology pertaining to the assessment, selection and evaluation of aviation personnel. This book, Aeromedical Psychology, is designed to provide the means for a variety...

Resilient Health Care

by Erik Hollnagel & Jeffrey Braithwaite

Health care is everywhere under tremendous pressure with regard to efficiency, safety, and economic viability - to say nothing of having to meet various political agendas - and has responded by eagerly adopting...

Health Workforce Governance: Improved Access, Good Regulatory Practice, Safer Patients

by Stephanie D. Short & Fiona McDonald

With increasing recognition of the international market in health professionals and the impact of globalism on regulation, the governance of the health workforce is moving towards greater public engagement and...

Improving Health Care Safety and Quality: Reluctant Regulators

by Judith Healy

Responding to the public concern caused by recent hospital scandals and accounts of unintended harm to patients, this author draws on her experience of analysing the health care systems of over a dozen countries...

Reconstructing Medical Practice: Engagement, Professionalism and Critical Relationships in Health Care

by Christine Jorm

Change in the medical profession carries with it disturbing features - established practitioners are no longer sure what to recommend to their trainees about how to think and act. In Reconstructing Medical Practice,...

Safety and Quality in Medical Transport Systems: Creating an Effective Culture

by John W. Overton Jr. & Frazer

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) has been accrediting air and ground transport services since 1991. One of the most significant needs the Commission has recognized is to assist...

Rural Populations and Health: Determinants, Disparities, and Solutions

by Richard A. Crosby, Monica L. Wendel & Robin C. Vanderpool

Health-related disparities remain a persistent, serious problem across the nation's more than 60 million rural residents. Rural Populations and Health provides an overview of the critical issues surrounding...

Playing with Fire: Chemical companies, Big Tobacco and the toxic products in your home

by Chicago Tribune Staff

The average American baby is born with 10 fingers, 10 toes, and the highest recorded levels of flame retardants among infants in the world. How could it possibly be in the US that children are already contaminated...

Understanding Human Error in Mine Safety

by Geoff Simpson & Tim Horberry

The consideration of human factors issues is vital to the mining industry. As in other safety-critical domains, human performance problems constitute a significant threat to system safety, making the study of...

A Socio-cultural Perspective on Patient Safety

by Emma Rowley & Justin Waring

This edited volume of original chapters brings together researchers from around the world who are exploring the facets of health care organization and delivery that are sometimes marginal to mainstream patient...

Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability

by Sidney Dekker

Building on the success of the 2007 original, Dekker revises, enhances and expands his view of just culture for this second edition, additionally tackling the key issue of how justice is created inside organizations....