Sociology as Applied to Nursing and Health Care,
Edition 1
Edited by Mary Birchenall, MA, BA(Hons), RN, CertEd, RNT and Peter Birchenall, PhD, MA, RN, DN, RNT

Publication Date: 15 Sep 1998
Nursing practice needs to be informed by an understanding of people and the societies in which they live. This introductory text has been designed specifically to discuss those aspects of sociology which are most relevant to nursing and the health care context in which it takes place. Divided into five sections linking to key issues of relevance to nursing, it provides an accessible introduction to major sociological themes and ideas. Each chapter clearly sets out the key concepts itcovers and includes case studies and examples which link to a variety of settings and client groups. The reader is encouraged to consider issues critically,via the use of reflection and discussion questions, and further reading and references are provided for each chapter. At the end of the book, there is a helpful glossary of sociological terminology.
All students taking nursing and health sciences courses, and social sciences modules will find this book a readable and above all, relevant, introduction to sociology and health care.

Key Features

  • Applied to Nursing and Health Care
  • Explains sociological ideas and theories in terms of their relevance to nursing practice
  • Student features include: Discussion Questions, Case Studies and Further Reading
  • Glossary of Terms
    About the author
    Edited by Mary Birchenall, MA, BA(Hons), RN, CertEd, RNT, Senior Nursing Lecturuer, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK and Peter Birchenall, PhD, MA, RN, DN, RNT, Professor of Health Studies, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Lincoln, UK
    Table of Contents
    Section 1: Introducing the Sociology of Health Care. Studying Sociology in Nursing. Sociology and Everyday Life. Society and the Individual: Gender, Race and Age. Introducing Theory in Sociology. Section 2: Inequalities in Health. Poverty in Health Care. Disadvantaged Groups in Health Care. The Social Interpretation of Deviance. Section 3: The Social Context of Nursing. Nurses, Clients and Power. Professional and Educational Directions. Section 4: Health Policy in Relation to Nursing. The Changing Shape of the National Health Service. Caring in a Mixed Economy. Section 5: Sociological Perspectives in Nursing. Nursing and Social Theory. Glossary.
    Book Reviews
    "Particularly commendable are the presentational qualities of the book. Blocks of text are interspersed with diagrams, charts, points for reflection, activities, discussion points and case studies." Jon Mulholland, Nursing Times, Vol 95, no 11, March 1999
    Book details
    ISBN: 9780702019326
    Page Count: 272
    Illustrations : 5 ills.
    Retail Price : £29.99
    Common foundation students (all branches) diploma/degree Students taking sociology/social sciences modules on post-registration courses.