Sociology for Pharmacists / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Hector C Davila, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This book describes the changing role of the pharmacist in healthcare and attempts to convey why sociology is a required element in the practice of pharmacy today and in the future.
Purpose: The purpose is to make pharmacists aware of the perspective of health and healthcare from a patient's point of view. This is an important concept because it may affect patients' acceptance of a pharmacist's methods used and the pharmacist's ability to achieve desired outcomes. The book meets the author's objective of respecting patients' views and tailoring therapy to meet their needs and wants.
Audience: The target audience, according to the authors, consists of those studying or practicing pharmacy who have no sociology background. The book is written based on the practice of pharmacy in the United Kingdom, but still has application to practice in the United States. The book addresses this audience very well. The authors, as a group, have good credentials and a respectable amount of time in practice.
Features: The book includes an introduction to and history of both sociology and contemporary pharmacy. It defines the relationship between the two fields and how sociology may help to improve the delivery of pharmaceutical care. The authors discuss patient versus healthcare professional perspectives and factors affecting patient healthcare decision making processes. Finally, they discuss methods for improving patient outcomes, cooperation, and coordination. One particular strength of the book is its discussion of the patient perspective of health and healthcare decisions. Examples help readers understand topics and illustrate concepts. One weakness is the lack of illustrations and, although not completely necessary, more vibrant illustrations would more effectively present important or more difficult to grasp concepts.
Assessment: The authors have created a valuable tool for educating those practicing pharmacy about the significance of considering the patient perspective when working towards specific healthcare outcomes. It is just about on par with other books in its field with regard to practicality, such as Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Care, edited by Smith and Wertheimer (Pharmaceutical Products Press, 1996). Although the book is written for pharmacists practicing in the United Kingdom, the concepts are applicable to pharmacy practice in the United States. The book is a second edition, which is appropriate considering the need for an update of examples relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice. Overall, the book covers its subject very well and at an appropriate level of detail.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415274883
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

What is Sociology?
Sociological Perspectives and their Application to Pharmacy
Further Reading

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
Further Reading

Illness as a Social Concept
The Experience of Chronic Illness
Lay Knowledge and Beleifs about Illness and Health
Further Reading

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
Further Reading

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
Further Reading

Gender and Health
Ethnicity and Health
Social Class and Health
Psycho-Social Circumstances and Health
Further Reading

Sociological Approaches to Professionalization
Sociological Perspectives on Pharmacy
Further Reading

Health Policy and Health Promotion
Preventing Ill-Health
Health Education
Health Promotion
Pharmacy and Health Promotion
From Compliance to Concordance
Pharmacy-Based Health Promotion
Further Reading

Social Research Methods
The Experimental Method
Methods of Social Analysis
Sampling Strategies
Quantitative Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Making Sense of Research Evidence
Further Reading

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