Robert A. Aronowitz is an associate professor of history and sociology of science and of family practice and community medicine and director of the Health and Societies program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is the author of Making Sense of Illness: Science, Society and Disease (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and is currently researching and writing a history of breast cancer risk.
James Macinko is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality National Research Service Award predoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Public Health in Baltimore. He is currently working on studies of primary care, health inequalities, and international health reform. He is co-author of Microenterprise Development for Better Health Outcomes (Greenwood, 2001).
David Mechanic is the Rene Dubos University Professor of Behavioral Sciences and director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His research and writing deal with social aspects of health and health care.
Thomas G. Rundall is a professor of health policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include managed care, hospital restructuring, integrated delivery systems, and health program and policy evaluation research. He has published extensively in all of these areas, including studies of hospital structure and functioning, community-based health services systems, integrated delivery systems, use of health promotion/disease prevention services in managed care and fee-for-service delivery systems, and social and environmental factors affecting health and health risk behaviors. Dr. Rundall's most recent book is After Restructuring: Empowerment Strategies at Work in America's Hospitals (Jossey-Bass, 1998).
Barbara Starfield is University Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore. Her interests concern inequalities in health, primary care, determinants of health status, and measurement of morbidity.
Rosemary A. Stevens is the Stanley I. Sheerr Professor in Arts and Sciences in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is interested in the structure, functions, and roles of medical professional organizations in the United States. Her primary research is on the recent history (since 1970) of specialization in American medicine, focusing on the specialty certifying boards, how they work and with what effects, and to what extent they act as a unified system.
Kieran Walshe is a Harkness Fellow in Health Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and senior research fellow at the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has been researching performance and quality improvement in health care organizations for 12 years, before which he was a manager in the British National Health Service. He has particular interests in the clinical-managerial interface and the links between research, evidence, and practice.
Volume 79, Issue 3
Published in 2001