Up-to-date with key policy and research, and including case studies and exercises to critically engage the reader, Understanding the Sociology of Health shows how sociology can answer complex questions about health and illness, such as why health inequalities exist.
Considers the historical development of health care since 1500. While focusing primarily on the United Kingdom, this work also traces the impact of European systems of health care on the colonial territories in the past, and its echoes in the relationship between the advanced economies and the developing world.
Explores the nature of health, and how understandings of the concept relate to professional backgrounds and academic experience. The author maintains a dialogue with the reader, encouraging them to challenge arguments and extend their thinking.
Since New Labour's institution of clinical governance through its White Paper in 1997, there has been a good deal of debate on history, theory and practice of Clinical Governance and the governance of clinical care. This book contains sections on: Medicine, autonomy and governance; Evidence, science and medicine; and Realizing clinical governance.
Health Studies: an Introduction is a comprehensive introduction to health and illness, approaches to healthcare, and the psychological, social and environmental factors that influence public and personal health. This thoroughly revised edition includes new chapters on geography & physiology, and increased coverage of global health issues.
Guides you from an explanation of the epidemiologic approach to disease and intervention, through the use of epidemiologic principles to identify the causes of disease, to a discussion of how epidemiology should be used to improve evaluation and public policy.
Presents key themes relating to this challenge, including the means of measuring obesity, the most recent prevalence and trends, the health consequences and causes of obesity along with approaches to counter obesity both at an individual and a population level.
A comprehensive, accessible introduction to the sociology of health and illness. Aggleton contrasts bio-medical and sociological perspectives, linking these with their implications for health care and policy.
Provides the philosophical backbone to countless courses for health professionals. This book poses two fundamental questions - "What is health?" and "How can more health be achieved?" - and answers them. It shows that these questions lie at the heart of health practice, and explains why all health workers should ponder them deeply.
Offers an introduction to the key issues, perspectives and debates within the field of medical sociology. This book helps readers understand how sociological approaches are crucial to understanding the impact that health and illness have on the behaviour, attitudes, beliefs, and practices, of an increasingly health-aware population.
Bringing together the information required for a practitioner working in sexual and reproductive health, this book is a resource for use in day to day practice. It provides an integrated educational resource for nurses. It also highlights the need for training and education programmes to be developed with the concept of integrated care in mind.
Suitable for those studying and working in health and social care, this book features over 1500 definitions and explanations, covering requirements of National Occupational Standards for learners and teachers/tutors in schools, colleges and the workplace.
Gillian White draws on her experiences and proposes that multi-professional health care teams should talk about spirituality in challenging but safe environments to develop shared understanding of it, and to increase their confidence about integrating spiritual care into their daily practise.
Provides information about the laws which apply to death. This book guides the reader through a complex area of law, and covers a range of topics from the details of how a body should be laid out and the different religious practices, to the laws relating to resuscitation, the coroner's court and intended changes following the Shipman Reports.
We can force medicine to undergo its biggest shakeup in history by agitating for access to our medical data and becoming early adopters of practices such as genomic sequencing. This book shows us how. It argues that radical innovation and a true democratization of medical care are within reach, but only if we consumers demand it.
Designed to be read and taught, the book offers a critical historical view, providing historians, policy makers, researchers, program managers, and students with an essential new perspective on the formation and implementation of global-health policies and practices.
Describes and illustrates epidemiology and its applications to policy making, health service planning, and health promotion. The book emphasises interactive learning, with each chapter including learning objectives, theoretical and numerical exercises, questions and answers, and a summary.
Explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable. This book discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections and examines the influence of money on modern medicine.
Offers an introduction to human sexuality in the context of health and social care practice. Drawing on research in the social sciences, cultural studies and social policy, this book presents a summary of theories of sexual orientation, discusses the growth of contemporary lesbian and gay communities, and reveals the prejudice and discrimination.
Includes 22 chapters that discusses theory, research, and clinical applications. This book presents a brief history of the use of imagery for healing in both Eastern and Western traditions, a review of research that deals with the physiological consequences of imagery and related approaches, and an explanation of how images lead to bodily changes.
The book introduces the non-specialist to key concepts like health inequalities and health inequities, social class and socioeconomic position, social determinants and life course, as well as to the key indicators of health and socioeconomic position.
Examines the ways in which the Internet may become a routine part of health care delivery and payment and biomedical research. Building upon a series of site visits, this book: weighs the role of the Internet versus private networks in uses ranging from the transfer of medical images to providing video-based medical consultations at a distance.
Health care jobs demand people with talents and skills of various types, and offer many possibilities to those interested in joining this field. This work profiles more than 80 specific jobs in 18 key branches of this field, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, administration, clinical laboratory services, therapy, geriatrics, and radiology.
Designed for final year students and graduates studying kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, public health, preventive medicine and human biology, this title looks at the health benefits associated with a physically active lifestyle and a moderate level of fitness versus the potential deleterious consequences of physical inactivity.
Considers the concept of spiritual care as an explicit component of holistic health and social care. This practical guide focuses on integrating spirituality in healthcare as a whole, rather than limiting it to any particular care environment. It is useful for health and social care professionals, including nursing and medical staff.