The sociology of health & illness

Authors: Porter, M. and van Teijlingen, E.

Editors: Cleland, J. and Cotton, P.

Pages: 61-78

Publisher: Learning Matters Ltd

Place of Publication: Exeter

ISBN: 9780857254610


This chapter will help you to meet the following requirements of Tomorrow's Doctors (2009) Apply social science principles, methods and knowledge to medical practice. This chapter introduces some of the key concepts in the sociology of health and illness. It will help you develop and understand of what sociology is, and its relevance to medicine and medical practice. It should encourage critical thinking about concepts which are often taken for granted in medical care as well as the role of evidence-based medicine.

Chapter overview After reading this chapter you should be able to understand: * What sociology is and what kind of issues it addresses; * Fundamental sociological terms such as structure, culture and community; * The nature of the doctor-patient relationship and culturally competent care; * The difference between illness and disease, and that becoming ill is a social as well as a biological process.

Source: Manual

Preferred by: Edwin van Teijlingen