This text explores the impact of social factors on health, illness and the use of care. Contributors examine a number of social factors including sex, gender and socio-economic status on the healthcare experience and focus on both patients within the care process and the providers of care. It also presents papers employing a variety of methodological approaches. In the range of illnesses discussed, the social factors under consideration, and the variety of methodological approaches, this volume represents the diversity within the field of medical sociology.
Women's Health and Gender Issues in Health Care: Like I just got a death sentence - conditions affecting women's reactions to being told their HIV antibody test results and the impact on access to care, (D.J. Barnes et al.); Breast cancer - an examination of the social correlates relationship to diagnosis and treatment, (C.D. Edwards et al.); The social construction of sex categories as problematic to biomedical research - cancer as a case in point, (B. Hanson); Women, medicine and sociology - thoughts on the need for a critical feminist perspective, (D. Plechner). Socioeconomic Status and Race in Health and Health Care: Care seeking pattern and outcome of hospitalized pneumonia patients who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, (J.J. Shen et al.); Socioeconomic status and health behaviours among Californians, (J. Grzywacz); Race, socioeconomic status and risk of a catastrophic health condition in later life, (N.G. Kutner, D. Brogan); HIV/AIDS patient preferences regarding physician gender, sexual orientation and race/ethnicity, (K.J. Roberts). Health Care System Issues - Health Policy, Health Lifestyles and the Construction of Patients, Illness and Death: Constructing the "good patient" in conventional and unconventional medical settings - roles, relationships and unconventional medical settings, (M. Katz); Preventing hospitalization - home hospice nurses, caregivers and shifting notions of the good death, (J. Leich); Capital formation and the United States health care system - the relationship between the private and public sector, (B. Mintz, M. Schwatz); The influence of midlife adult status and functional health status on health lifestyles, (N. Chumbler et al.); Uncertainty - a key characteristic of chronic illness and a major problem for managed care, (A. Royer).