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Dhai, A. Pandemics and healthcare: principles, processes and practice. – Juta, 2022.


ISBN: 9781485131748


Summary provided by the publisher:

“It became clear soon after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, that not much was known about the management of pandemics in the current healthcare context. This topic had previously received little to no attention in health sciences and other training curricula.


As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, many critical issues arise impacting on teaching, learning, and healthcare delivery through the spectrum of primary to quaternary care, public health and the social determinants of health. This peer reviewed volume brings together many of the lessons learnt from the outset of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in an attempt to equip pandemic planning and prevention programmes as we move into the future. The book has brought together a total of 56 authors with expertise in medicine, health care, social sciences, health economics, ethics and the law to share their experiences and directions as we reposition ourselves into the years to follow. It has been edited by eminent leaders in their disciplines.”


Partial contents include:

  • Introduction to pandemics and healthcare

  • Pandemics: global health security

  • An overview of ethical issues in the context of pandemics and healthcare

  • Selected medico-legal issues relating to South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Health research, ethics and pandemics: challenges and recommendations

  • The role of the news media during pandemics

  • Corruption, leadership and the corrosion of public health system capabilities in South Africa

  • An understanding of the supply, distribution and use of personal protective equipment during pandemics

  • Pandemics, health equity and the social determinants of health

  • Pandemics: managing psychosocial dimensions for the public good

  • Why health economics input and other economic consideration are necessary when managing pandemics

  • Curriculum change and teaching innovations in health sciences: an essential requirement in the era of pandemics

  • eHealth in the era of pandemics

  • Data science and artificial intelligence in the management of COVID-19

  • The Gauteng Department of Health, a showcase

  • The development of vaccines and immunological therapies in pandemics

  • Epidemiology, diagnostics and surveillance: applications during pandemics

  • COVID-19 in South Africa: Lessons from implementing a new national hospital surveillance platform

  • Mental health, psychiatric disease, and COVID-19 in urban South Africa

  • Pandemics and primary health care

  • Pandemics and critical care

  • Pandemics and management of infectious diseases

  • Pandemics and paediatrics

  • Provision of maternal and reproductive healthcare services during pandemics

  • Pandemics and the surgical disciplines.

Pandemics and Healthcare: Principles, Processes and Practice (2021)

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