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Sociology for Health Professionals

Sociology for Health Professionals

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December 2013 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Sociology is a key topic for all trainee health professionals, but many struggle to see what sociology has to offer. Based on years of experience teaching sociology to healthcare students, Lani Russell has written a truly introductory text which explains the main sociological concepts without jargon or becoming too advanced. Using carefully chosen examples, she shows how health issues are influenced by social phenomena such as class, race or sexuality and the relevance this has for practitioners.

The book includes:

-The main sociological concepts relevant to healthcare students

-Examples linking sociological concepts and major health topics

-Exercises to test students' understanding

-Glossaries of key terms and key theorists

-Advice on further reading

-A full companion website with teaching materials for lecturers and learning resources for students

This is the ideal text to recommend to students who need an accessible introduction to the sociology of health and illness.

Chronic Illness and Disability
Mental Health
Health care
Key Theorists


‘Excellent. This text covers all the aspects of sociology that any discerning undergraduate would want or need. The case studies will be very helpful for student learning and development.’

Karen Wild, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Keele University

‘This book has helped me to understand the challenging topic of sociology. The writing is engaging for undergraduate students like me.’

Jenny Goodwin, Physiotherapy student, Glasgow Caledonian University

This book is well written and gives a broad introduction to sociological considerations - there are clear sign posts to wider reading but if this area is a new area of consideration you will not feel overwhelmed

Ms andrea stebbings
school of nursing and midwifery, University of Plymouth
November 4, 2015

This is a useful text for the healthcare student. The text addresses a broad range of topics for the healthcare professional. Each chapter identifies the key issues and emphasises key terms and concepts, thus facilitating students engagement. Each chapter is complimented by exercises which challenge the student to reflect on their own profession specific experiences.

Celia Yeardley
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
June 25, 2015

I found this a useful book to dip in and out of. When explaining the role of sociology in health to my students I found this book had a lot of information that the students could relate to and that was useful for discussions.

Ms Joanna Harrison
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
April 20, 2015

Excellent book and recommended for the library at the college

Mr Jeff Fernandez
Public health, Islington Primary Care Trust
February 13, 2015

Fantastic book, well written and organised, covering a wide range of topics which I use with three modules I teach

Mrs Yitka Graham
School of Health, Natural & Social Sci, Sunderland University
February 3, 2015

Currently used as a recommended text to widen the knowledge of students from a bio-psychosocial standpoint.

Ms Susan Dray
Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales
January 5, 2015

Within the areas addressed within the text, very engaging and some challenging and constructively critical material.

Particularly useful critique of the biomedical focus/influence and reflecting this to key areas of class, ethnicity ageing and gender.

Certainly a very useful supplemental text for the students who wish to develop and engage with sociology and sociological health acre theory at a slightly greater depth.

Very useful for lecturing and teaching staff within the areas covered

An engaging and current text book

Mr John Power
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
August 14, 2014

This is a useful introduction to sociology for nursing students. It should facilitate application of sociology to nursing practice and enable students to disentangle the complex inter-relationship between theory and practice.

Ms Siobhan McCullough
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
August 6, 2014

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Chapter One: Biomedicine

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