New Articles to Update Two Previous OJIN Topics

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08/21/09
Medical Tourism: A New Role for Nursing? by Ben-Natan, Ben-Sefer, and Ehrenfeld, is a new addition to an early OJIN: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing topic from 1997, Who Does What in Healthcare? The article provides healthcare professionals with a better understanding of the phenomenon of medical tourism by reviewing the history of medical tourism, noting specific medical tourism destinations, and presenting reasons for the increase in medical tourism as well as discussion of quality/safety issues and ethical/legal considerations associated with medical tourism.

Behavioral Determinants of Health Aging Revisited: An Update on the Good News for the Baby Boomer Generation, by Edward S. Potkanowicz, Paula Hartman-Stein, and Jeanette S. Biermann, adds to information in a 2003 article by these authors in the OJIN topic, Health Care and the Aging Population: What are Today's Challenges? The authors note that there is greater clarity and more specific detail as to exactly what the Baby Boomer generation should, and can, be doing to insure that they have the quality of life as older adults that they have become accustomed to in their younger years. This article examines updated recommendations for physical activity and psychological elements associated with healthy aging.

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