Introduction to Sociology for Health Carers

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Nelson Thornes, 2004 - Medical - 146 pages
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"Providing an accessible introduction to sociological thinking in terms of the healthcare world, Mark Walsh demonstrates how this thinking can be used constructively to explain clinical practice. This lively approach encourages readers to make connections between health and illness experience, health care provision and the social contexts in which they occur. This text shows how sociology and sociological thinking can make a contribution to healthcare practitioners' understandings of the health and illness experience, their care practice and the organisation of the UK health care system". -Back cover.
 

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Contents

Understanding sociology
1
Sociological understanding and sociological thinking
8
Sociological approaches to healthcare issues
21
Questioning medical knowledge
34
Social class and health experience
49
Women gender and health
64
Race ethnicity and health
77
Understanding illness and behaviour
95
Sociology and the body
112
Sociological approaches to mental distress
124
Appendix Answers to rapid recap questions
140
Index
144
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