This thoroughly revised new edition maintains its commitment to providing jargon–free explanations of sociological theories and evidence to show how studying sociology can be useful in all branches of nursing. Readers will develop a clear understanding of what sociology is and why it is essential to practice, gain deeper awareness of social issues such as gender, ethnicity, class and the life course, and become more familiar with the social contexts of health policy and nursing as a profession.
With updates in every chapter, the third edition includes a new chapter on research methods, a reorganized collection of chapters on health policy, extended coverage of long–term illness and disability, as well as contemporary case studies on topical healthcare issues such as dementia, the obesity epidemic and recent attempts to integrate health and social care. In addition, the book provides clearly defined learning aims, a useful glossary of sociological concepts, structured activities and questions for discussion, and annotated suggestions for further reading.
The editors and contributing authors to the book have a wealth of experience teaching sociology to nurses at diploma and degree pre–registration and post–registration levels. Their book will continue to spark interest and debate among all student nurses, particularly those approaching sociology for the first time.
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Part I: Nursing and the Sociology of Health and Health Care
1. What is Sociology?Sarah Earle and Keith Sharp
2. Why Should Nurses Study Sociology?Sarah Earle and Barbara Green
3. What is Health?Sarah Earle
4. Nursing as an OccupationElaine Denny
5. Researching HealthCarol Komaromy
Part II: Inequalities and Diversity in Health and Health Care
6. GenderGayle Letherby
7. The Family, Health and CaringGeraldine Brown and Corinne Wilson
8. Age and AgeingPat Chambers and Elaine Denny
9. Long Term Illness and ConditionsElaine Denny
10. DisabilitySue Ledger, Jan Walmsley and Lindy Shufflebotham
11. Social Class and HealthSarah Earle and Terry O Donnell
12. Race and EthnicityPaula McGee
Part III: Policy Influences on Health and Health Care
13. Policy in HealthKate Thomson
14. Managing in Health CareAlistair Hewison
15. Social CareCatherine Needham
16. Global HealthSarah Earle
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