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Key Concepts in Health Studies
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Key Concepts in Health Studies



February 2010 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Key Concepts in Health Studies provides a much needed guide to the central concepts used across the subject, and offers the reader a comprehensive overview of the core topics, theories and debates. Drawing together the fundamentals within the disciplines of health, nursing, and social policy this book is an ideal text both for students studying health in a range of academic fields, and for health and social care practitioners. From ageism to public health, and gender to obesity, the book offers an exciting guide to the multidisciplinary field. Each entry features:

-A snapshot definition of the concept

-A wider discussion of the main issues

-Case studies illustrating the application of theory to practice

-Examples of further reading

Highly readable, with clear indexing, and cross-referencing between entries, this is not only a student-friendly textbook that will enable the reader to dip into and update their knowledge of a particular key concept, but a valuable resource to anyone practicing in the health care field.

 
PART ONE: DEFINING HEALTH
 
The Biomedical Model Of Health
 
The Social Model of Health
 
The Social and Medical Models of Disability
 
Alternative or Complementary Medicine
 
Quality of Life Measures
 
Functionality
 
PART TWO: THE HUMAN LIFE COURSE
 
The Life Course
 
Childbirth
 
Childhood
 
Family and Individual Well-being
 
Social Dependency in Older Age
 
The Third Age
 
The Social Organization of Death and Dying
 
PART THREE: HEALTH PROTECTION
 
Social Inequalities in Health
 
Social Capital
 
Risk Society
 
Public Health
 
Health Promotion
 
Work and Health
 
Global Health
 
PART FOUR: HEALTH BELIEFS AND HEALTH BEHAVIOUR
 
Models of Health Behaviour
 
Healthy Lifestyle and Consumption Patterns
 
Lay Knowledge and Illness Attribution
 
Personality and Health
 
Embodiment
 
Stress and Coping
 
Motivational Interviewing in Health Care
 
PART FIVE: THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
 
Stigma and Labelling Theory
 
Medicalization
 
Biographical Disruption
 
Professional-Client Communication
 
Pain
 
Illness Narratives
 
Adherence
 
PART SIX: HEALTH CARE PROVISION
 
Health Care Systems
 
Long-Term Health and Social Care Needs
 
Informal Care
 
The Role of Health Professionals
 
Health Care Governance
 
Institutionalization
 
Health Care Consumerism and Patient Choice

A solid fundamental text; direct and to the point

Miss Marion Aylott
Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol
January 12, 2011

A good comprehensive resource

Mrs Barbara Horsman
Nursing , University Campus Suffolk
December 14, 2010

Very useful indeed. Have requested purchases for the library

Dr Mike Homfray
Health & Applied Social Science, Liverpool Hope University
October 19, 2010

This text book will be very useful for all health & social care students and also for the health care professionals. All the key issues of health are well described in this book. Descriptions are very brief, to the point and contain major issues.
Students can also use it as pocket handbook as it is very easy to carry. I would recommend this book for all health care professional who are working in health care industry.

Mr Russell Kabir
Health & Social Care, London Churchill College
September 17, 2010

Gives a very good quick over view of a range of topics, covers the most salient issues, and signposts issues to look at in more detail. Good starting point for students to carry out more research.

Dr Linda Perkins-Porras
Dept of Community Health Sciences, University of London
September 15, 2010

The book will be reccommended as supplemental reading for modules at both level 4 and 5 The text will guide the student to a starting point to develop their knowledge on a specific topic.

Mrs Lynn Cross
H E Care, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
August 12, 2010

Accessible, succinct, and comprehensive collection of important information for any health promotion course.

Mr Christie Barcelos
Sch Of Public Hlth Hlth Sci, University of Massachusetts
May 18, 2010

A very interesting book.

Mrs Joanne Currid
school of nursing, Manchester University
May 6, 2010

Interesting to look through but does not have high relevance for module.

Dr Astrid Sasse
School of Pharmacy, University of Dublin Trinity College
May 4, 2010

Excellent book providing a snapshot of the social, political, cultural processes that influence health and how healthcare is perceived and delivered. An excellent reference for undergraduate students trying to disintangle the practice of nursing within a biomedical model of care

Mr Eileen Bohan
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin
May 4, 2010

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