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L'objectif de cet ouvrage est de permettre au lecteur de prendre un premier contact avec l'épidémiologie, de se familiariser avec ses principaux concepts et ses méthodes les plus usuelles. Il offre un glossaire raisonné et systématique des principaux termes utilisés et donne la marche à suivre pour la réalisation d'une enquête épidémiologique. Il s'adresse donc à tous ceux qui, non formés à l'épidémiologie pendant leurs études, sont aujourd'hui confrontés à l'invasion par cette discipline de tous les domaines de la médecine et de la santé.
Cet ouvrage collectif présente un large tour d'horizon qui met en relief les dimensions des représentations et des usages des médicaments et pointe les enjeux biomédicaux, socioéconomiques, culturels et éthiques qui les accompagnent.
Décideurs et intervenants de santé publique s’interrogent sur le rôle joué par les médias dans la construction des normes en matière de santé. Comment les médias contribuent-ils à la naissance et au renforcement de ces normes sociales? C’est à cette question encore peu étudiée que cherchent à répondre les auteurs de cet ouvrage, fruit du travail du Groupe de recherche Médias et santé. Nourri d’une réflexion théorique sur les normes et la santé, ainsi que sur la façon dont les médias contribuent à les façonner, un nouveau modèle dynamique interactif est d’abord proposé.
Critiques d'une orthodoxie
Depuis la Conférence d’Alma Ata, en 1978, les soins de santé primaires (SSP) ont changé de nature. On en a fait la pierre angulaire de toute réforme des systèmes de santé. Aussi est-ce quasiment un problème moral aujourd’hui d’en questionner l’omniprésence. Comment en sommes-nous arrivés là ? Qu’est-ce qui fait que les SSP ont pu nous apparaître si nécessaires qu’on en ait fait une orthodoxie ? Mais, en fait, de quoi s’agit-il ? Qui sont les acteurs de cette transformation de vocation ? Au nom de quelles promesses ? Pour quels résultats ? Cet ouvrage questionne les aboutissements, la pertinence et les finalités latentes de l’orthodoxie des SSP, c’est-à-dire leur généralisation. Les auteurs mettent en évidence certains risques de dérive inhérents à la promesse de santé pour tous ainsi que la propension, paradoxale, que le principe d’équité promu par cette orthodoxie (re)produise les inégalités qu’elle prétend pourtant combattre.
Family Experiences of Terminal Care and Irreplaceable Loss
What is it like to live with—and love—someone whose death, while delayed, is nevertheless foretold? In Living in Death’s Shadow, Emily K. Abel, an expert on the history of death and dying, examines memoirs written between 1965 and 2014 by family members of people who died from chronic disease. In earlier eras, death generally occurred quickly from acute illnesses, but as chronic disease became the major cause of mortality, many people continued to live with terminal diagnoses for months and even years. Illuminating the excruciatingly painful experience of coping with a family member’s extended fatal illness, Abel analyzes the political, personal, cultural, and medical dimensions of these struggles.
The book focuses on three significant developments that transformed the experiences of those dying and their intimates: the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, the growing use of high-tech treatments at the end of life, and the rise of a movement to humanize the care of dying people. It questions the exalted value placed on acceptance of mortality as well as the notion that it is always better to die at home than in an institution. Ultimately, Living in Death’s Shadow emphasizes the need to shift attention from the drama of death to the entire course of a serious chronic disease.
The chapters follow a common narrative of life-threatening disease: learning the diagnosis; deciding whether to enroll in a clinical trial; acknowledging or struggling against the limits of medicine; receiving care at home and in a hospital or nursing home; and obtaining palliative and hospice care. Living in Death’s Shadow is essential reading for everyone seeking to understand what it means to live with someone suffering from a chronic, fatal condition, including cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.
A Guide to Preventing Injuries at Home
As we age, our sense of balance and our vision, hearing, and cognition become less sharp. Aging-related changes greatly increase our risk of injury. In Living Safely, Aging Well, nationally recognized safety expert Dorothy A. Drago spells out how to prevent injury while cooking, gardening, sleeping, driving—and just walking around the house. In the first part of the book, Drago describes the causes of injuries by type—falls, burns, poisoning, and asphyxia—and explains how to decrease the risk of each. She then explores the home environment room by room, pointing out potential hazards and explaining how to avoid them, for example, by installing night lights, eliminating glass coffee tables, and using baby monitors. Lively line drawings make it easy for readers to visualize risks and implement prevention techniques. Living Safely, Aging Well pays special attention to hazards encountered by people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. A chapter devoted to health literacy helps people and caregivers make the best use of the medical care system and a chapter on driving helps evaluate when it is no longer safe to be behind the wheel.
A Patient's Guide
When neurobiologist Elizabeth M. Adler was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma almost twenty years ago, she learned everything she could about the disease, both to cope with the emotional stress of her diagnosis and to make the best possible decisions for her treatment. In Living with Lymphoma, she combines her scientific expertise and personal knowledge with a desire to help other people who have lymphoma manage this complex and often baffling disease. With the availability of more effective treatment regimens, many people with lymphoma are living longer; in fact, there are more than 700,000 lymphoma survivors in the United States alone. Given this change in the lymphoma landscape, the second edition of this book places a greater emphasis on survivorship. The new edition includes the latest information on lymphoma diagnosis, treatment, and incidence and describes the most recent update to the WHO system of lymphoma classification and staging. Adler discusses new targeted therapies like ibrutinib and idelalisib and describes how other treatments, including radiation therapy and stem cell transplants, have been modified while others have been discontinued. She also addresses new developments, such as the possible role of lack of sunlight and vitamin D in the pathogenesis of lymphoma, and the use of medical marijuana. The book includes suggestions for further reading, including the latest material available online.
Long-term care can be vexing on a personal as well as social level, and it will only grow more so as individuals continue to live longer and the population of aged persons increases in the United States and around the world. This volume explores the ethical issues surrounding elder care from an ecological perspective to propose a new theory of global justice for long-term care. Care work is organized not just nationally, as much current debate suggests, but also transnationally, through economic, labor, immigration, and health policies established by governments, international lending bodies, and for-profit entities, in a manner that raises pressing questions of local as well as global responsibility. Taking an epistemological approach termed “ecological knowing,” Lisa A. Eckenwiler examines this organizational structure to show how it creates and sustains injustice against the dependent elderly and those who care for them, including a growing number of migrant care workers, and weakens the capacities of so-called source countries and their health care systems. She identifies those who are harmed by the existing long-term care system—the elderly, family caregivers, and paid care workers, especially migrants and populations in source countries—and from there offers a corrective philosophical framework. By focusing on the fact that a range of policies, people, and places are interrelated and mutually dependent, Eckenwiler is able not only to provide a holistic understanding of the way long-term care works to generate injustice, but also to find ethical and practicable policy solutions for caring for aging populations in the United States and in less well-off parts of the world. Deeply considered and empirically informed, this examination of the troubles in transnational long-term care is the first to probe the issue from a perspective that reckons with the interdependence of policies, people, and places, and the first to recommend ways policymakers, planners, and families can together develop cohesive, coherent long-term care policies around the ideal of justice.
Why It’s Spreading, How It Makes You Sick, and What to Do about It
Once restricted to small forested areas in the northeast and north-central United States, Lyme disease is now a common infection in North America and Europe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 300,000 new cases occur each year in the United States. Misunderstandings over symptoms and treatment increase the public’s concerns about the disease—which, if not properly treated, can become chronic and debilitating. An expert on tick-borne diseases, Alan G. Barbour explains the course of illness that results from infection, diagnosis and treatment options, and steps that can be taken to avoid a tick bite in the first place. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease may also transmit other disease-causing pathogens, and these other infections are considered as well. Drawing on real case histories of individuals with Lyme disease—or illnesses that may be mistaken for Lyme disease—Barbour explains: · The biology of the spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, that causes Lyme disease · The role of animals such as mice that carry the infection · The life cycle of the ticks that transmit the infection · The importance of deer in perpetuating the cycle · The basics of diagnostic laboratory tests and how test results are interpreted · How antibiotics are used in treating Lyme disease Infected ticks are abundant in the woods, in walking trails, and in the shrubs and tall grass where suburban lawns meet wooded areas. Barbour stresses preventing disease through community-wide ecology projects and individual and household protection. While it may be difficult to escape infection, understanding the danger, the symptoms, and the treatment goes a long way toward preventing long-term health consequences. Featuring a list of reliable web sites and a glossary of terms, Lyme Disease is an invaluable resource for everyone who is at risk of the disease or is involved in preventing and treating it.
Cet ouvrage porte sur la communication pharmaceutique et son évolution; la médiatisation des découvertes pharmacologiques; la couverture des crises entourant certains médicaments vedettes; le rôle que joue Internet; la promotion d'une meilleure utilisation des médicaments; la régulation de la publicité; et, l'éducation des consommateurs.