Gerri LambGerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a researcher and associate professor at Arizona State University. She has been studying care coordination for almost thirty years. Her specific focus is on patient outcomes and nursing care delivery systems. She is also interested in interprofessorial practices that can improve healthcare outcomes. Garri Lamb is laureate of multiple awards and honors, such as:

  • 2010 – Vice Chair, Nursing Alliance on Quality Care
  • 2008 – Co-Chair National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Care Coordination
  • 1997 – Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Arizona
  • 1994 – Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Rochester
  • 1993 – Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Review Of Care Coordination: The Game Changer

Care Coordination The Game ChangerCare Coordination by Gerri Lamb is crucial reading for nurses-to-be. It describes the future of health care in nursing and provides a model for future leadership in health care reform. It is focused on nursing’s role in care coordination. Nursing students will have a particular use for it, as it will teach them best practices from the beginning of their careers onward.

The book opens with a vivid anecdote from Lamb’s own experiences. In this anecdote she describes her experience with caring for an elderly parent while two thousand miles away. Her mother’s care coordination was her responsibility, but she felt unable to fulfill it due to the fragmented nature of the health care system. Even though she had years of nursing and case management experience, she struggled. She seems to be asking us: if I can’t, how can anyone else? How can we expect to give our patients solid care with a system that is so broken?

The book is divided neatly into four sections of twelve chapters total. These encompass a large number of topics: historical perspectives on nursing and care; tools for better quality and safety; care coordination models with increased effectiveness; the role of care coordination in nurse’s practice; and care coordination health IT. Additionally, there is discussion of quality and safety outcomes for both families and patients; coordination of care through partnerships with patience and their families; public policy in care coordination; and community-based care changes. The quality of the research in all these fields is excellent and demonstrates Dr. Lamb’s extensive experience.

This is a helpful book with anyone who has an eye towards the future of care coordination. Dr. Lamb’s insightful observations about our health care system are sure to provide a useful reference for every student. Even experienced professionals can learn something new, too.

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