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Problem Solving for Better Health

SKU# 9780826104687

A Global Perspective


  • Barry H. Smith MD, PhD
  • Joyce J. Fitzpatrick PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
  • Pamela Hoyt-Hudson BSN, RN

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Problem Solving for Better Healthcovers human potential and possibilities for change in a global environment where health issues have now reached crisis proportions. Through the Dreyfus Health Foundation's Problem Solving for Better HealthÆ and related programs, this book presents innovative methodologies that promote grass-roots solutions to pressing health issues. A progress report and call to further action, the book speaks to such issues in 27 countries, including the United States.

With contributions from Dreyfus Health Foundation international program leaders and esteemed health care practitioners and educators, Problem Solving for Better Health presents practical interventions through community and institutional initiatives to improve health and quality of life. The tools presented are currently integrated into nursing and medical curricula internationally, including 75 medical institutions in India and 20 in China. This book is an essential resource for doctors, nurses, public health care providers, and individuals working at the community, institutional, and policy levels.

Co-publication with the Dreyfus Health Foundation, this book:

  • Offers new approaches to health challenges at the local level for teachers and students in nursing, public health, medicine, and health policy programs
  • Provides useful problem-solving tools now in use in various settings internationally
  • Gives examples of interventions that have influenced policy in and across institutions and at the national level
  • Incorporates perspectives from international health leaders

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 22, 2010
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826104687
  • EISBN 9780826104694

About The Author(s) 


, is the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was dean from 1982 through 1997. She has received numerous honors and awards including the

American Journal of Nursing

Book of the Year Award 20 times. Dr. Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and health care literature, and serves as editor of three nursing journals. Her most recent Springer books are

Theory in Nursing: Application to Research and Practice

, coedited with Geraldine McCarthy,

Encyclopedia of Nursing Education

, coedited with Mary Jane Smith and Roger Carpenter, and

Concept Analysis

, coedited with Geraldine McCarthy. She also coedited, with Kathleen R. Tusaie, the Springer Publishing book,

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing: Integrating Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, and Complementary and Alternative Approaches


Table of Contents 

1. Introduction
2. An international perspective on health
3. What are our global healthcare goals and challenges to date?

4. Bulgaria
5. China
6. Dominican Republic
7. Ghana
8. India
9. Indonesia
10. Jordan
11 Kenya
12. Lithuania
13. Nigeria/Niger
14. Poland
15. Romania
16. United States
17. Vietnam
18. Zambia

19. Future needs on the national and international horizon
20. Implications for nursing education nationally and internationally
21. Anticipated outcomes of expanded interventions: how to scale up successful approaches and connect the macro /micro perspective?