Risk, Health and Health Care

Risk, Health and Health Care : A Qualitative Approach

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Increased accountability means that health and social care professionals are having to pay greater attention to risk management. In attempting to deal with risks they cannot avoid drawing upon assumptions, often uncritically taken for granted, both about the nature of risk, and about the ways in which service users themselves approach risks. This timely book critically explores lay and professional understanding of health risks.

Part One provides a theoretical overview of the concept of risk, drawing on philsophical, historical, and social scientific ideas. Part Two contains illustrative examples of original research, mostly qualitative, which examines the ways in which a wide range of client groups and professionals deal with health risks. Part Three offers broader critical discussions of risk management in a number of fields of health and social care. The clients groups discussed in the book include hospital patients, preganant women, the elderly, children at possible risk of abuse and people with diabetes, learning disabilities, dementia and serious mental health problems. The main professional groups considered are nurses, midwives, health promotion specialists, and social workers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • Hodder Arnold
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340662018
  • 9780340662014

Table of contents

Part One - Risk Rationality
Values and health risks
Probability and health risks
Cultural dimensions of risk
The symbolic representation of risk: risk imagery and the AIDS epidemic
Reasoning about probabilities
Part Two Researching Risk Rationality in Health and Social Care
Risk, sex and the very young mother
Being old and pregnant
Risk perception and coping with diabetes
How people with learning difficulties and their carers manage freedom of the locality
Risk management in the resettlement of adults with severe learning difficulties
How family and professional carers appraise risk for people with dementia
Care and protection for older people: their choice, not the professionals'
Risk as an integral part of nursing
Blood pressure measurement: risk and certainty in clinical nursing and midwifery contexts
Part 3 New Perpectives on Risk Rationality in Health and Social Care
Risk a nursing dilemma
Child protection and the management of risk
Risk management in community care: the case of mental illness
Reconceptualising risk in health promotion practice
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