Kenneth Brownson

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There is a mismatch between client reading level and the reading level of most health educational handouts. More than half of all Americans may be unable to read and understand health-related handouts given to them in a hospital or clinic. This can lead to noncompliance with treatment, missed appointments, taking the wrong dosage of medications, and(More)
Most health care professionals agree that the decreasing length of stay in hospitals is detrimental to the quality of care given to the patient. The growing trend over the past decade is to discharge the patient as quickly as possible. The decreasing length of stay has spurred many questions and controversies in both public and medical domains. It has(More)
Indoor air quality has deteriorated so much since the 1970s oil shortage and subsequent energy-efficient construction of buildings that people are becoming seriously ill by just breathing the indoor air. This is a problem with all industrial buildings and hospital staff are at particular risk. There are various things that hospital managers from different(More)
Alternative and complementary medicine is becoming more popular among consumers and prescribed more by health care professionals. Alternative medicine can be traced back thousands of years, however, it wasn't introduced to the United States until the early 1900s. Alternative medicine encompasses a wide range of therapies including homeopathy, naturopathy,(More)
Working from home offers the employee and the organization many benefits. The organization can use telework to recruit and retain valuable employees. The organization can also save money on work space and boost morale and loyalty. Employees enjoy the flexibility and convenience that telework offers. Teleworking is popular in the general business world and(More)
Client education offers many challenges to health care professionals. There is a mismatch between the reading level of most clients and the reading level of printed materials used in health education. Social and cultural factors also influence how our clients are able to learn about their health. These problems can lead to noncompliance with treatments,(More)
Floating is the process of reassigning nurses from their regular assignments to short-staffed areas. Although viewed as cost-effective, there are a number of legal and ethical dilemmas to consider in this practice. Nurses tend to oppose floating, which may lead to rifts between management and staff. This article reviews some important considerations in(More)
Indoor air quality has deteriorated so much since the 1970s oil shortage and subsequent energy-efficient construction of buildings that people are becoming seriously ill by just breathing the indoor air. This is a problem with all industrial buildings and hospital staff are at particular risk. There are various things that hospital managers from different(More)