No Place Like Home: A History of Nursing and Home Care in the United States

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JHU Press, Feb 4, 2003 - Medical - 312 pages
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No Place Like Home sets out to determine why home care, despite its potential as a cost-effective alternative to institutional care, remains a marginalized experiment in care giving. Nurse and historian Karen Buhler-Wilkerson traces the history of home care from its nineteenth-century origins in organized visiting nurses' associations, through a time when professional home care nearly disappeared, on to the 1960s, when a new wave of home care gathered force as physicians, hospital managers, and policy makers responded to economic mandates. Buhler-Wilkerson links local ideas about the formation and function of home-based services to national events and health care agendas, and she gives special attention to care of the "dangerous" sick, particularly poor immigrants with infectious diseases, and the "uninteresting" sick—those with chronic illnesses.


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Page 270 - Joint Statement of Recommendations by the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, and American Public Welfare Association," American Journal of Public Health and the Nation's Health, XXXVII (October, 1947), 1*56-1866.
Page 275 - A coordinated home care program is one that is centrally administered and through coordinated planning, evaluation and follow-up procedures, provides for physician-directed medical, nursing, social and related services to selected patients at home.

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Karen Buhler-Wilkerson is a professor of community health and director of the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

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