Healthcare Community Synergism between Patients, Practitioners, and Researchers

Healthcare Community Synergism between Patients, Practitioners, and Researchers

Valerie C. Bryan (Florida Atlantic University, USA) and Jennifer Lynne Bird (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: July, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 348
ISBN13: 9781522506409|ISBN10: 1522506403|EISBN13: 9781522506416|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0640-9


Proper health education is a vital component to ensuring patients’ satisfaction, safety, and well-being. To achieve this goal, interdisciplinary collaboration has emerged as an innovative method for promoting healthy living.

Healthcare Community Synergism between Patients, Practitioners, and Researchers is an authoritative reference source for the latest scholarly research on the various collaborative efforts to improve the current state of health systems and patient education. Highlighting research methodologies aimed to enrich the quality of available information in healthcare environments, this book is ideally designed for medical professionals, educators, and researchers.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Aging Attributes
  • Community-Based Learning
  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Health Literacy
  • Quality of Life Concerns
  • Self-Health Management
  • Technological Applications

Reviews and Testimonials

In this work, international contributors in nursing and medical education, educational leadership, art education, art therapy, and organizational leadership seek to connect the fields of education and medicine to demonstrate collaborations among patients, practitioners, and researchers. The goal is to encourage a collaborative approach for preventing and managing chronic disease and promoting health communities. Cases show how programs and services help people develop life skills in health management, with special emphasis on helping minorities and poor people. Some subjects covered include therapeutic visual arts, writing healing narratives, the neuroscience of grief and grieving, promoting humanism through curricular design, and stress and its relationship to leadership in a healthy workplace culture. B&w illustrations, charts, and diagrams are included.

– ProtoView Reviews

Recommended to practitioners and students and faculty of universities with curriculum in healthcare.

– Lucy Heckman, Associate Professor/Librarian, St. John's University, American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Valerie C. Bryan is a Charles Stewart Mott Eminent Scholar and Professor in Educational Leadership & Research Methodology in Adult and Community Education at Florida Atlantic University. She will also receive the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame’s (IACEHOF) Class of 2015 by the Board of Directors of the International Adult and Continuing Education in November, 2015. She also will be featured as one of “The 100 Women of Florida Atlantic University” in the Spring 2016. Other recognitions and awards include “woman of outstanding leadership” by The International Women’s Leadership Association, 2013; an award for a research project with Homeland Security “Emergency Alert Technology for the Profoundly Deaf”; FAU’s Unsung Hero Award for mentor roles, 2013; FAU’s Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year, 2012; Outstanding Virtual Presentation Award as a co-presenter at E-Learn 2011-2012--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Honolulu, Hawaii; FAU Graduate Mentor Award, 2011; MacAWARD Exceptional Faculty for College of Education, 2009; FAU College of Education Distinguished Teacher of the Year, 2009; FAU’s President's Award, 2006-2007; FAU College of Education's Distinguished Teacher of the Year, 2006; FAU College of Education Teacher of the Year, 2005-2006; Clemson University’s President’s Award, 1993; State of North Carolina’s Individual of the Year, 1984, for the Mountain to the Sea Trail; and Co-Webmaster of One of Top Ten US Literacy Internet sites, 1998. At Florida Atlantic University, she teaches courses in adult learning, executive leadership, aging, integration of technology, and a host of other subjects (52 different courses), in multiple platforms. Her research areas focus on virtual learning communities, communities of practice, successful aging, and global learning. She has chaired over 90 dissertations while at FAU, received over $2 million in grants, and been asked to do 11 comprehensive evaluations of systems outside of FAU. She has served on two statewide assessments related to technology and online learning systems. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Gerontology, has contributed to several blogs for Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21); has abbreviated work in; has contributed the “information technology book chapter” for the National Recreation and Park Association’s Management text, a required text for all parks and recreation programs nationwide (2016, 2010, 2005, 1999) and the accompanying Compendium (2016, 2010, 2005). She has contributed three books; 30 book chapters; reviews for 7 books; international, national and state journal articles (52 refereed; 11 non-refereed); international, national, state, regional and local presentations (84 refereed; 190 non-refereed); as well as international virtual presentations to Canada, Hawaii, Spain, and China. Her work is the highest cited on for her department.
Dr. Jennifer Bird teaches reading and writing classes for current and future teachers at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary English Education, Master of Education in Secondary English Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her health coach certification from Duke University Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. Her research in writing and healing led to the publication of her book Innovative Collaborative Practice and Reflection in Patient Education (2015).