Sociology in Nursing and Healthcare

Sociology in Nursing and Healthcare

By Hannah Cooke, BSc(Hons), MSc(Econ), MSc(Nursing Studies), RGN, DN, RNT, Lecturer in Nursing, University of Manchester School of Nursing Studies, Manchester, UK; and Susan M. Philpin, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Care of Older People; School of Health Science, University of Wales, Swansea, UK


Part one - Sociology, nursing and everyday life
Introduction. Thinking sociologically about families and health. Thinking sociologically about religion and health. Work, professionalism and organisational life. Social class, poverty and health. Inequalities and health disadvantage.

Part two - Healthcare systems and nursing
Healthcare policy and organisational change. Power and communication in healthcare. Nursing and nursing professionalism. Partnerships and care in the community.

Part three - The experience of illness
Understandings of health, illness, risk and bodies. Lay understandings of health and risk: a changing picture. Experiencing ill-health. Social responses to illness and disability. Death and dying.