Sociology is a core topic for all trainee health professionals, but many struggle to get to grips with it and to see what sociology has to offer. Based on years of experience teaching sociology to health care students, Lani Russell has written a truly introductory text which explains the main sociological concepts without jargon or becoming too advanced. Using carefully chosen examples, she shows how health issues are influenced by social phenomena such as class, race or sexuality and the relevance this has for practitioners.

Health Care

Health care

Key Issues

  • Health care work occurs in a social context
  • Key themes include neoliberalism, bureaucracy, managerialism, accountability, community care and participation
  • These themes reflect the globalization of health care


A number of chapters in this book have offered insight about the health of particular sub-groups of health care service users: ethnic minority people, older people and those with mental health needs, for example. You may have wondered as you have read these chapters whether sociology can shed any light on the challenges of working in this sector. What does sociology mean for you in your future profession, whether you are training as a doctor, nurse or podiatrist, an occupational therapist or a radiographer? As well as studying health patterns, sociologists have been interested to study ...

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