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The Social Context of Health and Social Care
The social context of health and social care
Robert Mears
Summary Chapter Contents
  • UK government expenditure on health and social care and the ‘mixed economy of care’
  • The challenges to medicine from critics
  • Health inequalities
  • Acute and chronic illness
  • Stigma
  • Future social and cultural change and the challenges posed to the relation ships between health and social care professionals
Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by the ‘social context’ of health and the ways in which health and social care must be seen in its social context.
  • See how sociological theory and evidence help to clarify some of the dominant issues in health and social care.
  • Describe some of the contested areas in health and social care and ...
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