Provides students with insights into key contemporary debates and events to demonstrate the relevance of sociology and its practical application to modern nursing. This textbook helps student nurses make the leap from a narrow focus on the physical problems of their patients to a broader understanding of the whole person and the contexts of care which will help them succeed as compassionate nurses. Written directly for nurses, it focuses on the individuals and families in their care, the organisations they work in, and the factors which affect their practice. Key features include: * Case studies and scenarios to help students relate sociology to real life examples * Reflection points to help students critically engage with the discussion * Learning outcomes and chapter summaries for revision * Definitions of key terms in each chapter

Who is the patient?

Who is the patient?
Helen Allan

In Chapter 1 we thought about how people became patients, how the doctor–patient relationship might be described and how sociologists have moved in their understanding of the patient experience from Parsons’ sick role to Arthur Frank’s narrative of patient experience. We moved essentially from sociological theory which understood the world from a macro perspective to one in which the micro side of social life was more important. Often it is a balance or interaction between the two.

The issue

In a recent seminar, I was showing a class of first-year student nurses a video clip that dealt with health inequalities. The video followed a family who lived on social benefits and did not ...

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