A Sociology of Health offers an authoritative and up-to-date introduction to the key issues, perspectives, and debates within the field of medical sociology. The book aids readers’ understanding of how sociological approaches are crucial to understanding the impact that health and illness have on the behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and practices, of an increasingly health-aware population.

New Dimensions of Health Care Organisation

New dimensions of health care organisation
  • Britain's National Health Service is changing rapidly from a centrally managed and state provided system to a more pluralistic model which incorporates the private sector and managed competition.
  • This transition has been accompanied by equally dramatic changes in the nature of the medical profession and the role of the patient and public in health care.
  • The medical profession continues to enjoy a high degree of status and authority, but the traditional autonomy and self-regulation of the profession are increasingly challenged by managerialism, corporatisation, litigation, and a greater emphasis on regulation and accountability.
  • The rationale for change is to make the NHS more responsive to the needs and preferences of patients and the public. ...
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