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Key Concepts in Health Studies



© 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

It is a very complete overview of the key concepts. It allows the student to focus on the main topics and themes, get the essentials and then go on to look for more specialised/detailed reading if required.

Dr Pedro Gallo
Department of Sociology, University of Barcelona
December 10, 2014

This is an excellent book, that is easy to read and informative over a number of topics. I found that the students that had read this book produced much better pieces of work for thier assessments and so I am now classifying this as essential for the same course next year.

Mr Graham Rusk
Access to H.E., Warrington Collegiate
May 19, 2014

This is a useful, concise book which provides introductory information on key concepts in health studies. Particularly useful for someone new to the field.

Mrs Samantha Sutton-Tsang
Early Years, Stourbridge College
February 17, 2013

One for student to purchase. Will be an assett for later part of Access and undergraduate level. Will be pointing them in this direction

Ms Gerri Capper
Access to Higher Education, Warrington Collegiate Institute
May 5, 2012

Concise and well recommended as a quick guide

Ms Wendy Bateman
Health & Social Science, Bolton University
February 6, 2012

A really succinct introduction to many of the current key debates in health and social care. Fantastic resource for year 1 students.

Ms Alison Ni Charraighe
School of health, Education and Community Studies, Northumbria University
January 25, 2012

What a super book, it is readable and very directed. I have found the layout and the order of the contents to be most appropriate for this subject and have enjoyed reading this book. The quality of information is excellent and I would recommend this book for all levels of nurse undertaking education studies.
Thank you I enjoyed this beek and recommend it without hesitation

Ms Joanne O'Donnell
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
July 11, 2011

This has cetainly been useful for the first year undergarduates in that many of the concepts fundamental to our course-= early childhood studies are covered clear;y & succintly in this textbook.

Ms Dilva Porter
CHYPPE, University Campus Suffolk
April 19, 2011

An excellent all round book - one for students to buy

Ms Melanie Feek
community & youth, College of St Mark and St John
March 15, 2011

An excellent all round book - one for students to buy

Ms Melanie Feek
community & youth, College of St Mark and St John
March 15, 2011

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