Health Sociology Review

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, 2016

An Anthropology of Lying: Information in the Doctor-Patient Relationship
An anthropology of lying: information in the doctor-patient relationship,by Sylvie Fainzang, Farnham, Ashgate, 2015, 151 pp., $127.20 (hardback), ISBN 9781472456021Many scholars have argued that lying in its multiple forms - including deception, falsehood...
Embodying Policy-Making in Mental Health: The Implementation of Partners in Recovery
IntroductionA reflection on embodied knowledge is important for understanding consumer accounts of health and illness and it is this aspect of experiential knowledge which is considered primarily in health sociology. However, a consideration of the embodied...
Epistemic Cultures in Complementary Medicine: Knowledgemaking in University Departments of Osteopathy and Chinese Medicine
IntroductionThe forms of knowledge that underpin complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are subject to continual contestation and controversy. There is increasing public and political pressure on CAM to align itself with the evidence-based approach...
Ethics, Moral Life and the Body: Sociological Perspectives
Ethics, moral life and the body: sociological perspectives, by Rhonda Shaw, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 239 pp., US$100 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-13731258-7This book is framed within a contention that sociology has largely been side-lined from ethics....
Hope in Health: The Socio-Politics of Optimism
Hope in health: the socio-politics of optimism, by Alan Petersen, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 175 pp., $95.00 USD (hardback), ISBN 978-0-230-36193-5During a 2015 radio interview, Treasurer Joe Hockey suggested that Australians' may soon live...
Knowledge Matters: Producing and Using Knowledge to Navigate Healthcare Systems
IntroductionIn recent years, the discourse of 'patient choice' has grown in popularity in several of the world's healthcare systems, particularly in countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, where governments have actively encouraged...
Parkland - When Caravan Is Home
Parkland - when caravan is home, by J. Newton, North Melbourne, Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, 2014, 291 pp., AU$39.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-92500336-9Parkland - when caravan is home provides an enticing glimpse into a rarely explored world....
Purifying and Hybridising Categories in Healthcare Decisionmaking: The Clinic, the Home and the Multidisciplinary Team Meeting
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionThis article explores the legitimising of health knowledge in three different spaces, the clinic, the home and the multidisciplinary meeting (MDM), and considers the ways in which categorisation work,...
Sociological Perspectives on the Politics of Knowledge in Health Care: Introduction to Themed Issue
Which kinds of knowledge provide valid foundations for healthcare choices and practices, and who decides, is highly contested. From public debates around the safety and efficacy of complementary medicines, vaccinations, new drugs, medical technologies...
Whole Person Care, Patient-Centred Care and Clinical Practice Guidelines in General Practice
IntroductionClinical practice guidelines (CPGs) have been defined as 'statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative...
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