Diabetes Public Health: From Data to Policy

ISBN: 9780195317060
ISBN-10: 0195317068
Copyright: 2011
Edition: 1st
Editors: Narayan, K. M. Venkat, Williams, Desmond, Gregg, Edward W., Cowie, Catherine C.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 88
Reviewer: Andrew Davis,  MD, MPH  (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
This is a superb contribution exploring the public health implications of and evidence-based interventions for the worldwide diabetes epidemic.
This book successfully integrates clinical and population-based epidemiology, health services research and economics, and analysis of patient, family, clinic, health system, and health policy interventions to address diabetes in the U.S., and to some extent internationally. This is extremely important, given that diabetes in the U.S. alone will soon be responsible for nearly half of all new dialysis cases, and a million amputations annually.
The audience is clinicians, researchers, and, increasingly, health managers in managed care and in the emerging paradigms of patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations. The editors have chosen the 33 chapter authors well, and have deftly achieved a balance of depth and impressively focused overview.
There are strong chapters on primary and secondary prevention, and interventions at the patient, clinic, and system level. Innovative chapters address quality metrics, sexual health for genders, genomic approaches, and emerging technologies for monitoring, care management, and telehealth. There is a good compendium of public health resources on diabetes on the web from government, specialty society, and advocacy groups. The focus on the emergence of diabetes as a major issue in the developing world is welcome, as two-thirds of cases of this traditional "disease of affluence" will come from developing nations by 2025. The references are reasonably up to date, but understandably miss emerging evidence that suggests a significant contribution of diabetes to infectious disease and cancer.
I know of no other resources that can compare to this excellent book. It pulls together information not readily found elsewhere with authority, elegance, and lucidity.
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A