This volume explores issues connected with health care providers, institutions, and patients. The focus of many of the articles is on changing patterns of care delivery and provision of care, as it affects these important groups of actors within the health care system. The articles range from those that focus on more specialized groups of patients, such as the elderly, to those that focus on people who deliver health care services to those that deal with more general issues of the restructuring of the US health care system.
List of contributors. Introduction (J.J. Kronenfeld). Care for the Elderly and Terminally Ill. Understanding and managing health care interventions in the terminally ill (J. Ross, G.L. Albrecht). Older adults use of primary care physicians for memory-related problems (N.R. Chumbler et al.). Health Professions and Occupations. Health professional licensure: individual versus institutional policy debate (E. Furlong, M. Wilken). Controlling medical specialists: hospital reforms in the Netherlands (M.I. Harrison, H. Liverdink). The work of genetic care providers: managing uncertainty and ambiguity (K. Karlberg). Biomedical markers, adherence myths and organizational structure: a two-stage model of HIV healthcare provider decision-making (W.D. Marelich et al.). Gender and Health. Women's health and gender bias in medical education (M.K. Zimmerman). Incorporating empowerment into models of care: strategies from feminist women's health centers (J.E. Thomas). The impact of feminism on mainstream medical sociology: an assessment (S. Harkess). Bio-power and racial, class and gender formation in biomedical knowledge (J.K. Shim). Restructuring of Care. Predictors of use of telemedicine for differing medical conditions (W.A. McIntosh et al.). Integrative medicine: issues to consider in this emerging form of health care (M. Goldner). Examining the real effect of prior utilization on subsequent utilization (Jim-Yuan Chern et al.).