’This book should be an essential for all students of nursing.’
Title: Health Studies - An Introduction (3rd ed)
Edited by: Jennie Naidoo and Jane Wills
Reviewer: Anne Duell, sister, Birmingham Community NHS Trust
What was it like?
This is one of the standard text books often used by students undertaking healthcare studies. It is a comprehensive book while remaining an interesting and easy read. The authors provide a broad spectrum overview to health studies, which is relevant to the present day. Students are introduced to the political and psychological perspectives of understanding health. Alongside this we are also challenged to consider the historical development of healthcare in conjunction with an epidemiological approach. The data provided is presented employing an evidence based approach, thereby encouraging the reader to consider undertaking their own research and providing a solid evidence base for any data they wish to present to their cohort group.
This latest edition includes new areas to consider, which incorporates the relationship between health and the environment. This further challenges the reader to consider the possible barriers indivudals and/or communities might encounter when attempting to utilise local healthcare services.
What were the highlights?
Having read the previous edition the highlight is the inclusion of the sections on health and the local environment as well as consideration on how modern life has impacted on health, for example that of obesity.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strength of this book is that it is a starting point that encourages the reader to look beyond the information provided and to embrace evidence based research within their area of health studies.
Who should read it?
This book should be an essential for all students of nursing. Consideration should also be given by those embarking on any form of health studies including the various therapy fields as well as those undertaking social work studies.