Kane, Robert L. 1940-
Kane, Robert L. 1940-
Born 1940. Education: Columbia College, A.B., 1961; Harvard Medical School, M.D., 1965.
Office—Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Mayo Mail Code 729, 420 Delaware St. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455-0392. E-mail—[email protected]
Physician, educator, writer, and editor. University of Kentucky, Lexington, acting coordinator of the senior clerkship program in the Department of Community Medicine, 1968-69; U.S. Public Health Service, Shiprock, NM, service unit director, Indian Hospital, 1969-70, special assistant to regional health director, DHEW Region VIII, Denver, CO, 1970-71; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, assistant professor, then associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, 1970-77; The Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, senior researcher, 1977-85; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Medicine, associate professor then professor in residence in the Department of Medicine, 1978-85, professor in residence in the School of Public Health, 1980-85; University of Southern California (USC), Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, Los Angeles, CA, adjunct professor, 1982-85; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, School of Public Health, dean, 1985-90, professor in the School of Public Health and in the Medical School, 1985—, Minnesota chair in long-term care and aging in the School of Public Health, 1989—, director of the Center on Aging, 1994—. Also visiting professor at the Fallon Geriatrics Program, 1990, and at UCLA, 1991.
World Health Organization Traveling fellowship, 1975; Geriatric Medicine Academic Award, 1979-84; American Geriatrics Society Edward B. Henderson Memorial Lecture Award, 1987; American Public Health Association Gerontological Health Key Award, 1988; American Society for the Aging President's Award, 1991; Jewish Homes for the Aging Applied Gerontological Research Award, 1992; David Solomon Honorary Lecture, UCLA, 1997; Gerontological Society of America Polisher Award, 1998; Gerontological Society of America fellow, 2000; Dutch Kastenbaum Outstanding Gerontologist Award, Minnesota Gerontological Society, 2003; inducted into University of Minnesota Academic Health Center's Academy for Excellence in Health Research, 2004.
(With Rosalie A. Kane) Federal Health Care (with Reservations!), Springer (New York, NY), 1972.
(Editor) The Challenges of Community Medicine, Springer (New York, NY), 1974.
(Editor) New Health Practitioners: John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences and the Association of the Teachers of Preventive Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, May 14-15, 1974, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD), 1975.
(With Josephine M. Kasteler and Robert M. Gray) The Health Gap: Medical Services and the Poor, Springer (New York, NY), 1976.
(Editor) The Behavioral Sciences and Preventive Medicine: Opportunities and Dilemmas: A Conference, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD), 1977.
(With Rosalie A. Kane) Long-Term Care in Six Countries: Implications for the United States, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD), 1977.
(With Anita L. Stewart and Robert H. Brook) Conceptualization and Measurement of Health Habits for Adults in the Health Insurance Study: Prepared for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Rand (Santa Monica, CA), 1979-80.
(With Rosalie A. Kane) Assessing the Elderly: A Practical Guide to Measurement, LexingtonBooks (Lexington, MA), 1981.
(With Rosalie A. Kane) Values and Long-Term Care, Lexington Books (Lexington, MA), 1982.
(With Joseph G. Ouslander and Itamar B. Abrass) Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1984, 5th edition, 2004.
(With Rosalie A. Kane) Long-Term Care: Principles, Programs, and Policies, Springer (New York, NY), 1987.
(Editor, with J. Grimley Evans and David Macfadyen) Improving the Health of Older People: A World View, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1990.
(Editor) Understanding Health Care Outcomes Research, Aspen Publishers (Gaithersburg, MD), 1997, 2nd edition, 2006.
(With Rosalie A. Kane and Richard C. Ladd) The Heart of Long-Term Care, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1998.
(With Rosalie A. Kane) Assessing Older Persons: Measures, Meaning, and Practical Applications, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2000.
(With sister, Joan C. West) It Shouldn't Be This Way: The Failure of Long-Term Care, Vanderbilt University Press (Nashville, TN), 2005.
Contributor to books, including Geriatrics in the United States: Manpower Projections and Training Considerations, Rand (Santa Monica, CA), 1980; A Geriatric Medical Policy for California: Manpower and Setting, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California (Berkeley, CA), 1981; Outcome-Based Reimbursement for Nursing-Home Care, Rand (Santa Monica, CA), 1984; Total Knee Replacement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Rockville, MD), 2003; Economic Incentives for Preventive Care, The Agency (Rockville, MD), 2004. Contributor to professional journals, including the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
Robert L. Kane is a physician and public health professional who is an expert in geriatrics and long-term care. He is the author, with Joseph G. Ouslander and Itamar B. Abrass, of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, a guide for practical hands-on care of the geriatric population as provided by a wide range of health-care practitioners, including primary-care physicians. In a review of the book's third edition, Martin S. Lipsky wrote in the Journal of Family Practice: "It is my opinion that the authors have hit their mark." The book focuses on how health care should change as patients become elderly, the most widespread geriatric health care problems, and general strategies for managing elderly patients. Charles A. Cefalu, writing in the American Family Physician, called the book "a quick clinical reference guide to geriatrics for primary care and consultant physicians in the day-to-day care of the geriatric patient at all levels of care." Cefalu also noted that Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics "offers a highly comprehensive, yet condensed overview of general clinical geriatrics."
In Long-Term Care: Principles, Programs, and Policies, Kane and coauthor Rosalie A. Kane examine the long-term care system in the United States with a focus on public policy in terms of financing. They also analyze various communities and their history to reveal how these communities influence financing. Hastings Center Report contributor Laurence B. McCullough noted: "The thirty-page list of references is not only a valuable guide to the literature but testimony to the prodigious scholarly effort that this book represents."
The reviewer added that the book is "a valuable starting point for the future development of an ethics of aging that will cast a more jaundiced eye on American preoccupations and open itself to the questions and criticisms of our colleagues in other countries."
In Improving the Health of Older People: A World View, editors Kane, J. Grimley Evans, and David Macfadyen provide papers and essays that examine the growing knowledge about the aging process and advancing social policies concerning the elderly population. "The editors have succeeded in producing a book which, despite its global dimension, is immediately relevant to those working within their own national and local context," wrote K.J. Fullerton in the Lancet. "I strongly recommend it."
Kane and his sister, Joan C. West, are the authors of It Shouldn't Be This Way: The Failure of Long-Term Care. The book examines the U.S. long-term healthcare system through an analysis of their mother's treatment and care within the system. A SciTech Books contributor noted that the authors found their mother's "experience to be profoundly negative." As a result, Kane and West describe what they see as the system's failure and propose ways for improving it.
In Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Illness, Kane and coauthors Reinhard Priester and Annette M. Totten write about reforming the U.S. health-care system to better serve the needs of those suffering from chronic illnesses. In addition to recommending policy reforms, the authors also discuss the role of physicians and the media in helping reform to come about. Kane is also editor of Understanding Health Care Outcomes Research, which includes thirteen chapters by various health-care outcomes researchers. Topics include key concepts of research design, obstacles to this type of research, and ethical issues.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Family Physician, April, 1991, Jay Siwek, review of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, p. 1455; March, 1995, Charles A. Cefalu, review of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, p. 978.
Hastings Center Report, September-October, 1989, Laurence B. McCullough, review of Long-Term Care: Principles, Programs, and Policies, p. 45.
Journal of Family Practice, March, 1995, Martin S. Lipsky, review of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, p. 301.
Journal of the American Dietetic Association, February, 1992, Magdalena Krondl, review of Improving the Health of Older People: A World View, p. 260.
Lancet, May 26, 1990, K.J. Fullerton, review of Improving the Health of Older People, p. 1248.
Nursing Homes, March-April, 1992, Richard L. Peck, "Getting Computerized: What Will It Take?," interview with author, p.12.
SciTech Book News, June, 2005, review of Understanding Health Care Outcomes Research, p. 69; September, 2005, review of It Shouldn't Be This Way: The Failure of Long-Term Care; December, 2005, review of Understanding Health Care Outcomes Research; March, 2006, review of Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Illness.