Australia's best-known nursing leader argues that our health system is failing the very people it is meant to serve: patients.
The story of modern medicine is one of miraculous new lifesaving techniques, sophisticated drugs and health professionals with increasingly specialised skills. Yet patients still feel frightened and vulnerable, and mistakes occur far too frequently-with tragic consequences.
Drawing on a lifetime of work in health care, Judy Lumby argues that the system continues to serve those who work in it rather than the people it is intended to care for. Despite the rhetoric of consumer choice, patients' experiences and concerns are routinely ignored in diagnosis and treatment. Despite the impact of the women's movement, hospitals remain rigidly hierarchical while the primary carers, nurses, are still excluded from decision-making.
Judy Lumby writes from a patient's perspective. From interviews, anecdotes and observations, she paints a vivid picture of what it is like to be sick in an ailing and changing health care system. She looks at patients' experiences today, and compares them with the situation three decades ago, when she first started her nursing training.
Who Cares? is compelling reading for anyone involved in the health care system: nurses, doctors, administrators and, of course, patients themselves.
Judy Lumby, RN, PhD, is Executive Director of the NSW College of Nursing, Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. Well-known as a nurse leader, Judy was an architect of and activist for many of the changes she describes in this book.
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Table Of Contents:
1 The patient as informed consumer
2 The changing status of women
3 The impact of technology
4 The commodification of health care
5 The problem of equity access
6 Designing health care
7 Major challenges
8 Future delivery of care
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