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Sociology in Nursing and Healthcare

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. Nursing practice needs to be informed by an understanding of people and the societies in which they live. This introductory text has been designed specifically to discuss those aspects of sociology which are most relevant to nursing and the health care context in which it takes place.

Paperback, 256 Pages

Published: May 2008

Imprint: Baillière Tindall

ISBN: 978-0-443-10155-7


  • Part one – Sociology, nursing and everyday life
    Introduction. Thinking sociologically about families and health. Thinking sociologically about religion and health. Work, professionalism and organisational life. Social class, poverty and health. Inequalities and health disadvantage.

    Part two - Healthcare systems and nursing
    Healthcare policy and organisational change. Power and communication in healthcare. Nursing and nursing professionalism. Partnerships and care in the community.

    Part three – The experience of illness
    Understandings of health, illness, risk and bodies. Lay understandings of health and risk: a changing picture. Experiencing ill-health. Social responses to illness and disability. Death and dying.


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