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Journal of the Academy of Hospital Administration

Book Review

Author(s): Reviewers: S.K. Gupta*, S. Kant**

Vol. 17, No. 2 (2005-01 - 2005-12)

Author: G D Kunders
Publisher: TATA McGraw Hill
Year of Publication: 2004
Publication: 1st Reprint 2005
Pages: 506; Hard bound
Price: Not quoted
ISBN No.: 0-07-050269

Hospitals are dynamic, process intensive institutions, metamorphic changes have occured in the recent past, in the needs and expectations of seekers and providers of healthcare, technological advancement and medical architecture. All these have necessitated corresponding changes in the facility planning and management of hospitals. Planning and designing of hospital must keep abrest with the changing requirement. There is a requirement of readily available source material which facilitate the identification, analysis of the requirement, vis-a-vis the availability of the various facets of hospital functioning, planning and designing.

The book "Hospital-Facilities Planning and Management" by GD Kunders is a welcome entry in the discipline of Hospital Planning and Management. The author has lucidly incompassed facility planning of a number of theraputic and diagnostic units apart from holistic planning and designing for hospitals. The book has 13 chapters. It has many colored photographs, diagrams and a CD which facilitate the understanding of the planning and design parameters. An added feature of the book is the profile discription of some of the wellknown hospitals in the country.

The book has many contributing authors and thus skills, experience and expertise of many are translated in the text of the book. The chapters include planning and designing of administrative services, medical and ancillary services, hospital services, public areas and staff facilities some interesting and highly informative chapters include ' Promoting and Building a new hospital' and 'Planning and Designing a hospital- the correct way' The chapter on hospital information system (HIS) is informative and the 'Siemens' model discussed will be of beneficial for planning /upgrading HIS in hospitals.

One of the glaring lacunaes of the book is the nonspecified dimensions of the various spaces in various facilities such as Pulmonary Medicine, Cath Lab, CSSD and many other facilities. This would definitely handicap the readers and users of the book who would have to utilise other resources to ascertain the space requirement components of various facilities.

Burn Management unit, Geriatric care and Day Care units have not been discussed in the book. A detail discussion of these important facilities is definitely desirable. The author may add these in the future edition of the book. Overall a valueable book which will definitely augment and supplement the existing academic literture and source material on the subject. It will be a useful accompaniment for the hospital architects, planners, architects and administrators apart from the students persuing hospital administration subject as a speciality. It would also be useful for clinicians for planning and designing their respective speciality units.

* Medical Superintendent, Dr R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi
** O/o DGAFMS, New Delhi.

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