Sociology of Health and Healthcare

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Essay #: 054403
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Sociology of Health and Healthcare
Health and healthcare do not exist in the vacuum of physiology alone, but are also sociological artifacts: that is, they take place in, and are even constructed by, social assumption and institutions. The sociology of health and healthcare is important precisely because of the ways in which it can illuminate the meaning of health: e.g., its distribution, its definition, and its changing patterns both within and across countries.
The epidemiological approach to healthcare, as discussed by Bezruchka (2006), is focused on disease and ill health as the foundation and unit of health analysis. However, the limitation of the method is that, when it comes to explaining health outcomes such as life expectancy, the...
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.....n with interactionism, if we believe, as I do, that interactionism is really just a subset of structural functionalism) while invoking the same concepts of economics and politics that political economy applies on higher level.
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