Nursing practice needs to be informed by an understanding of people and the societies in which they live. This introductory text has been designed specifically to discuss those aspects of sociology which are most relevant to nursing and the health care context in which it takes place. Divided into five sections linking to key issues of relevance to nursing, it provides an accessible introduction to major sociological themes and ideas. Each chapter clearly sets out the key concepts it covers and includes case studies and examples which link to a variety of settings and client groups. The reader is encouraged to consider issues critically, via the use of reflection and discussion questions, and further reading and references are provided for each chapter. At the end of the book, there is a helpful glossary of sociological terminology. All students taking nursing and health sciences courses, and social sciences modules will find this book a readable and above all, relevant, introduction to sociology and health care.
Features: * Applied to Nursing and Health Care * Explains sociological ideas and theories in terms of their relevance to nursing practice * Student features include: Discussion Questions, Case Studies and Further Reading * Glossary of Terms
"Particularly commendable are the presentational qualities of the book. Blocks of text are interspersed with diagrams, charts, points for reflection, activities, discussion points and case studies." Jon Mulholland, Nursing Times, Vol 95, no 11, March 1999