Health policy thinking must change. This book explores the fundamental currents and tensions that lie behind recent trends such as shared decision-making, co-production, and personalisation.
These are often discussed in relation to an epidemiological transition but this text argues that they embody a philosophical transition – a change in our conceptions of healthcare and of appropriate forms of knowledge and analysis. As clinical concerns are increasingly nested within social concerns then policy analysis must engage with the multiple philosophical tensions that are now centre stage.
This focus on key underlying ideas and tensions in healthcare couldn’t have come at a better time. With international relevance, the book’s arguments help fuel a shift away from a ‘delivery’ model towards a more deliberative model of healthcare.
“This book lays bare the contradictions and paradoxes in health policy thinking that are often conveniently ignored. Essential reading for those interested in health policy and politics and (hopefully) for politicians.” Stephen Peckham, Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent
“Anyone who believes in the importance of a health system being designed to respect persons on an individual and societal level should read this book.” Mary Catherine Beach, John Hopkins School of Medicine
“Cribb is wise to healthcare’s civic context, astute about normative questions and subtly person-centred - his elegant argument provides lucid guidance to the changing healthcare landscape.” Joshua Hordern, Oxford Healthcare Values Partnership, University of Oxford
Alan Cribb is Director of the Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London and Professorial Fellow at the Health Foundation. He works on both health and education policy and has published extensively on professionalism and ethics in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, education and public health.
Taking Less Medicine;
Systems and Lives;
Especially For You;
The Challenge of Integration;
Shaping the Future.