’This book is suitable for all pre-and post-registration students and lecturers especially when topics related to Global Health are taught in the curriculum.’
Title: Global Health
Edited by: Brian Nicholson, Judy Mckimm Ann K Allen
Reviewer: Andrew Southgate, senior lecturer and school of nursing lead for internationalisation
What was it like?
The book is set in the context of contemporary issues in healthcare such as sustainability, climate change, migration and long term conditions. Clear reference to Professional Statutory Regulatory Bodies, highlights the importance of graduates needing to have the knowledge and skills to provide healthcare that incorporates global perspectives. This book can help support them to develop these. The book is not focused on acute care and there is a clear theme of public health and related interventions running throughout all the sections.
What were the highlights?
The book is divided into three parts with clear chapters in each section. This enables easy navigation and accessing of chapters as standalone reading. Each chapter and section can be read and understood without having to read the whole book. There are excellent chapter overviews identifying clear outcomes that can be achieved. The book encourages an active learning approach by incorporating reflective activities. These could be undertaken either individually, via group activities in a classroom or a combination of both using “flipped classroom” teaching and learning strategies. Furthermore, there are some excellent case studies that show how the topics covered can be applied to healthcare practice.
The content in the chapters provide an excellent overview of the topics and the references provide direction for further reading. In addition, the inclusion of websites ensures that the reader is able to access up to date information. There is a critical and analytical approach taken throughout the text when data is interpreted. This is useful in supporting critical and analytical thinking and can encourage the reader to ask further questions.
Strengths and weaknesses?
The standout sections in the book were the chapters related to Studying and Working in Global Health, Working with Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Climate Change, Long Term Conditions and Sustainable Healthcare. This is because they are current issues that are relevant to a range of people working in healthcare and wellbeing settings. However, all the chapters are worth reading as they provide insights into a range of topics related to global health.
Some of the graphics may not be easy to interpret at a glance. However, explanations are given in the text. Whilst Mental Health issues are explored the needs of people with a Learning Disability are not discussed and inclusion of this in future editions would further enhance the value of the book.
A key strength of the book is related to the skills and expertise of those who have contributed chapters. In keeping with the title, there are contributors from across the world which adds richness and kudos to the text.
Who should read it?
This book is suitable for all pre-and post-registration students and lecturers especially when topics related to Global Health are taught in the curriculum. It is also useful for healthcare professionals who practice in areas where there is a diverse range of cultures to enable them to understand some of the challenges and needs of those in their care.