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.
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