Experiencing Chronic Illness

This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine

Kathy Charmaz

2012

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  • This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine
  • Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices
  • Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues
  • Practitioners, and policy makers may claim to represent patients' concerns. They seldom obtain systematic ‘in-depth’ views of patients' experience of health care, much less of what it means to live with continued illness
  • The research on experiencing chronic illness emphasizes how people come to view themselves as chronically ill, and how illness affects their lives. This literature provides a significant corrective to knowledge about health and illness: it delineates patients' perspectives instead of practitioners' views that dominate both the institution of medicine and social scientific research
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