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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


A useful addition to support higher level studies in research or to guide undergraduates in the core aspects of sociology in health.

Ms Deb Hearle
Department of Occupational Therapy, Cardiff Univ.
July 22, 2014

A book that will provide students of Childhood and Youth and Early Childhood with some useful insights into the Sociology of Health

Mrs Elizabeth Richards
Department of Social and Psychological Sciences, Edge Hill Univ.
July 9, 2014

I have used this to encourage discussion in health promotion lectures. It is a good book and the students have used it for their research

Mrs Sarah Young
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Univ. of The West of England
July 3, 2014

An excellent introduction to key sociological concepts and more link these to health issues. Used for Access to Health course in teaching health inequalities and approaches to health. Used also for foundation degree students - highly recommended.

Ms Zahra Qureshi
Health & Social Care Dept, Solihull College
June 27, 2014

This book covers a good range of contemporary issues in sociology and clear links are made between theory and practice for health care professionals and students. Sociological concepts are well explained. In my view this is a comprehensive introductory text for health and social care and social work students at degree level.

Miss Jacky Foster
Social Work , Cornwall College
May 17, 2014

Effectively introduces the main sociological concepts and theory relevant for health students

Dr Peter Leadbetter
Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
May 16, 2014

This is so wonderful materials for social workers in health care

Dr Jabulani Makhubele
Social Work, University of Limpopo
April 22, 2014

A useful addition to the literature relating to sociology and health making clear links between theory and healthcare practice.

Professor Ruth Northway
School of Care Sciences, Glamorgan University
April 8, 2014

A clear overview of related topics to our students who are belending their study of sociology with contemporary health issues.

Mrs Janet Macfarlane
Higher Education, Accrington & Rossendale College
March 24, 2014

enjoyable read and formative, evidence based and relevant to practice.

Ms Carol-anne Westwell
Nursing & Midwifery, Bangor University
March 20, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Biomedicine

Lani Russell

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