In the new edition of this unique book, French and Sim apply their theoretical expertise in psychology and sociology to physiotherapy practice. Informative, analytical and stimulating, this text is well referenced and continues to be invaluable to physiotherapy students and practitioners.
The text offers a comprehensive exploration of the psychological and sociological factors as they apply to health, illness, impairment, and disability.
Wide range of topics covered includes material on the details of interpersonal communication and the impact of political factors on health status.
The issues covered in this volume are relevant to readers from all countries.
Contributions from a new editor offer the reader an even greater amount of experience from the perspective of both a lecturer and researcher.
New chapters including Professions and Professional Work and Participatory Research cover important topics for practitioners.
The important topic of pain has been considerably expanded, including more content that it both up-to-date and thorough.
Part 1: The nature of health and illness 1. Introduction 2. Change, diversity and influences on patterns of health and ill-health 3. Health, health education and physiotherapy practice 4. Coping with illness 5. Ageing in a social context: implications for health and social care Part 2: The psychosocial context of health and illness 6. Sex gender and health care 7. Health care for people from ethnic minority groups 8. The psychology of pain 9. The sociology of pain 10. Recent perspectives on child development in relation to physiotherapy practice 11. The subjective experience of illness 12. Loss, bereavement and grief Part 3: Patients and practitioners 13. Professions and professional work 14. Interpersonal communication 15. Moral decision-making in specific contexts Part 4: Psychosocial aspects of physiotherapy practice 16. Defining disability: implications for physiotherapy practice 17. Psychological interventions in chronic illness 18. Counseling and enabling relationships 19. Researching together: a participatory approach