1st Edition

Allied Health Practice Issues and Trends into the New Millennium

    430 Pages
    by Routledge

    430 Pages
    by Routledge

    Make the most of your contribution to health care delivery!

    Allied Health: Practice Issues and Trends in the New Millennium is a comprehensive look at present and future concerns in the allied health care field. Leading experts in allied health practice and education address practice and policy issues that have developed as technology and a changing health care environment have created new and expanded roles for allied heath professionals. With the allied health field projected to add an estimated four million new jobs by 2005 in the United States alone, this book is an essential resource for maximizing the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver safe, efficient, effective, and equitable care.

    Allied Health: Practice Issues and Trends in the New Millennium presents an overview of the concerns facing the largest and most diverse pool of health workers in the United States as they provide disease detection, prevention, dietary, health promotion, rehabilitation and health management services at all levels of health care delivery. This unique book addresses critical issues that affect allied health practice, including managed health care, computer technology, drug information, and demographic trends in society, with an emphasis on implications for education. The book also includes appendices listing allied health organizations, accrediting agencies, and descriptions of federally recognized allied health professions.

    Allied Health: Practice Issues and Trends in the New Millennium presents information on:

    • public policy
    • research needs
    • new directions for accreditation
    • interprofessional collaborative alliances
    • employment opportunities
    • practice directions
    • and much more!
    Allied health professionals play a critical role in health care delivery, comprising a significant portion of the health care work force with tremendous potential for addressing issues of health care cost, quality, and access within the health care system. Allied Health: Practice Issues and Trends in the New Millennium is an essential resource for the future of health care in the United States and a must read for allied health care educators and students, and health care policymakers.

    • About the Editors
    • Contributors
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1. Historical Overview: Evolution of the Allied Health Professions
    • Introduction
    • The Changing Medical Paradigm
    • Toward a Definition of Allied Health
    • The Evolving U.S. Health Care System
    • The Evolving Role of Education and Standards for the Allied Health Professions
    • A New Majority in the Health Professions
    • Toward Recognition of the Allied Health Professions
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2. Role of the Federal Government in Allied Health Education
    • The Nebraska Story: A Case Study
    • The Federal Government and Health Professions Education
    • Program Examples
    • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3. Primary Health Care
    • Introduction
    • Case Study
    • Primary Care Definition
    • Major Specialties That Interact with Primary Care
    • Who Practices Primary Care?
    • Controversies and Conceptual/Systemic Flaws
    • Summary and Future Considerations
    • Chapter 4. Rehabilitative and Restorative Therapies
    • History of the Development of Rehabilitative and Restorative Therapies
    • How Teams Work Together
    • The Role of Research
    • Chapter 5. Health Care Management
    • Health Management Defined
    • Health Care Management Organizational Structure
    • Health Care Management Functions
    • Meeting the Challenge
    • Chapter 6. Chemical and Dietary Therapies
    • Case Study of Testimonials of Efficacy of Certain Therapies
    • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    • Dietary Supplements
    • Facts About Food
    • Summary
    • Chapter 7. Diagnostic Services
    • Multidisciplinary Health Care Team
    • Case Study
    • Factors in Selecting Laboratory Tests
    • Laboratory and Other Diagnostic Procedures
    • Chapter 8. Psychosocial Interaction and Its Therapeutic Impact on Patients’ Physical and Mental Health: Implications for Health Care Providers
    • Introduction
    • Technical Competence versus People Skills
    • Definition of Health
    • Psychosocial Therapies
    • Expectations from a Successful Health Care Provider
    • Health Workers and Stress
    • How to Handle Stress
    • Health Workers As Care Providers, Leaders, and Managers
    • Chapter 9. Interdisciplinary and Community-Based Health Care
    • Interdisciplinary Behavioral Approaches
    • Behavioral Services in Hospitals
    • The Case of Jason
    • Depression in Primary Care
    • Community Health Services
    • Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments
    • Chapter 10. Demographic and Health Trends in the Twenty-First Century
    • Aging Population
    • Racial and Ethnic Diversity
    • Poverty and Underserved Populations
    • Changes in the Family Structure
    • Demographic Changes and the Allied Health Professions
    • Chapter 11. New Directions for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    • Part I: Overview of Accreditation
    • Part II: Accreditation in Allied Health
    • Part III: Issues in Allied Health Education
    • Part IV: New Directions
    • Conclusion
    • Chapter 12. Allied Health Education in a Global Community
    • Introduction
    • Overview of Race and Origin of the U.S. Population
    • Cultural Competence in a Global Community
    • Trends Shaping Use of Complementary and Alternative Approaches
    • Implications for Education and Practice
    • Summary
    • Chapter 13. Genomics, Proteomics, and Allied Health
    • Introduction
    • Overview
    • Role of Genetics in Health Care
    • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
    • Pharmacogenomics
    • Conclusion
    • Chapter 14. Interprofessional Collaborative Alliances
    • Introduction
    • Definition of Terms
    • Need for Collaboration
    • Case Example
    • Barriers Related to Interprofessional Work
    • Interprofessional Alliance Model
    • Case Example: Interprofessional Alliance Model
    • Summary
    • Chapter 15. Impact of Technology on Allied Health Education
    • Case Study
    • Familiarity with Technology
    • Preservice Technology Preparation of Allied Health Practitio


    Peggy Valentine, Kevin Lyons, Pedro J Lecca