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Drawing on insights from both medical sociology and science and technology studies this article provides a critical analysis of the nature and status of pharmaceuticalisation in terms of the following key dimensions and dynamics: (i) the redefinition or reconfiguration of health 'problems' as having a pharmaceutical solution; (ii) changing forms of(More)
Since the late 1990s, the term 'partnership' has increasingly been inserted into the literature and rhetoric of the UK health-care system. In this paper, the assumptions and implications surrounding the usage of the term in relation to doctor-patient interaction are examined in the context of paediatric services. The paper considers recent ideas about(More)
BACKGROUND Primary care provision is important in the delivery of health care but many countries face primary care workforce challenges. Increasing demand, enlarged workloads, and current and anticipated physician shortages in many countries have led to the introduction of mid-level professionals, such as Physician Assistants (PAs). OBJECTIVE This(More)
Involving patients, caregivers, and citizens in health care and health policy has been recommended by international organizations for over a decade. This article focuses on developments in England under New Labour, places them in the context of broader health policy, and assesses them in the light of the limited empirical evidence. The authors consider a(More)
This paper focuses on how adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) attending a specialist CF centre in the UK perceive their health. In common with many other genetic diseases, CF is traditionally conceptualised as a fatal childhood disease, yet the average survival age for those with CF has been steadily rising over the past half century. Thus it is now predicted(More)
This article presents research that explores how medications are understood and used by people in everyday life. An intensive process of data collection from 55 households was used in this research, which included photo-elicitation and diary-elicitation interviews. It is argued that households are at the very centre of complex networks of therapeutic advice(More)
This paper extends and problematises recent sociological research on the medicalisation of sleep, focussing on trends and transformations in the prospective 'customisation' of sleep in the 24/7 society. What exactly does customisation mean in this context; how does it relate to the medicalisation of sleep; and how salient or significant are these trends to(More)
This paper presents a review of health promotion strategies to help people to stop using benzodiazepines. Four strategies are described and evaluated: health persuasion, personal counselling, state action and community development. It is argued that the first two strategies have been the most popular to date, especially among doctors, and have an important(More)