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Sociology for Pharmacists

An Introduction, 2nd Edition

By Kevin M. G. Taylor, Sarah Nettleton, Geoffrey Harding

Routledge

208 pages

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Sociology for Pharmacists: An Introduction is written specifically for professionals and students in pharmacy who are newcomers to the study of sociology. It introduces the key concepts of sociology and demonstrates their importance and application to pharmacy practice in the 21st century. It is unique in its role as the only text to introduce sociology specifically to pharmacists.

Rather than an exhaustive treatment, the book provides a concise introduction to major perspectives in sociology-drawing on research evidence pertaining to health, illness, and professional practice-which will inform and enhance pharmacy practice. It offers an overview of sociology for rather than sociology of pharmacy, and will both inform practitioners and stimulate informed research into the social aspects of pharmacy practice.

Key issues covered include:

  • Key sociological concepts and perspectives

  • Contemporary developments in pharmacy practice and pharmacy's professional status

  • A review of research into the way people react to illness and look after their health

  • How and why illness and disease are influenced by gender, ethnicity, and social class

  • Health education and pharmacists' role in promoting health and ensuring appropriate medicine usage

  • Social research methods

    Pharmacists are frequently encouraged to broaden their day-to-day practice. This timely book does just that by encouraging pharmacists to become more involved with advising clients, managing medicines, and supporting the promotion of health. In addition to providing an overview of these topics, the book also reviews the relevant research, and directs readers to further information.

  • Reviews

    "…it throws a much needed light on its core topic of sociology, explaining the relevance of sociological studies to the practice of pharmacy…done in a readable and readily assimilable form"

    - The Pharmaceutical Journal

    Table of Contents

    SOCIOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION

    What is Sociology?

    Sociological Perspectives and their Application to Pharmacy

    Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE OF PHARMACY

    Introduction

    The Pharmacy Workshop

    Hospital Pharmacy

    Community Pharmacy

    Dispensing of Prescribed Medication

    The Rationalization and De-Skilling of Pharmacy

    Pharmacists' Activities not Directly Related to Dispensing

    Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    HEALTH AND ILLNESS - UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLIC'S PERSPECTIVE

    Introduction

    Illness as a Social Concept

    The Experience of Chronic Illness

    Lay Knowledge and Beleifs about Illness and Health

    Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    SEEKING HELP AND CONSULTING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Introduction

    Consultation as a Social Process

    Lay Referral Systems

    Lay Health Care Workers

    The Sick Role

    Relationships between Patients and Health Care Professionals

    Consulting a General Practitioner

    Consulting a Pharmacist

    Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    SOCIAL FACTORS AND HEALTH

    Introduction

    Measuring Health

    Perspectives on Health and Disease

    The McKeown Thesis

    Latrogenesis and Medicine

    The Commodification of Medicine and Health

    The Limits of Technology

    Effectiveness and Efficiency of Treatment

    Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    SOCIAL INEQUALITIES AND HEALTH

    Introduction

    Gender and Health

    Ethnicity and Health

    Social Class and Health

    Psycho-Social Circumstances and Health

    Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    THE OCCUPATIONAL STATUS OF PHARMACY

    Introduction

    Sociological Approaches to Professionalization

    Sociological Perspectives on Pharmacy

    Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    MAINTAINING AND PROMOTING HEALTH

    Introduction

    Health Policy and Health Promotion

    Preventing Ill-Health

    Health Education

    Health Promotion

    Pharmacy and Health Promotion

    From Compliance to Concordance

    Pharmacy-Based Health Promotion

    Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    Social Research Methods

    Introduction

    The Experimental Method

    Methods of Social Analysis

    Sampling Strategies

    Quantitative Research Methods

    Qualitative Research Methods

    Making Sense of Research Evidence

    Summary

    Further Reading

    References

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    MED072000
    MEDICAL / Pharmacy
    SOC025000
    SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Work