Sociology of Medicine and Health ClASS 14-2

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Soc of med and hlthcr 10/22/09 Class 14 Self-care most common for illness Quickest, easiest cheapest, most comfortable Try stuff on our own, get rest, eat soup If problem persists, people seek medical care Alternative care Similar advantages to self-care A step up from self-care If problems persists, people seek medical care Go to doctor for diagnosis, and go to alternative for treatment Study of alternative healers in New Jersey Interviews and participant observations 10% of NJ residents use a wide range of alternative healers 130 different alternative healers in Essex county o Cult therapy, yoga, human potential 1998 national study of alternative healers o had a more accurate sample o found 42% of people use alternative care o insurance does not cover alternative care Why do people go to alternative healers? We do not get what we want from medical care
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course SOC 210 taught by Professor Hanssell during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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