Chapter 9 - MP changes

Chapter 9 - MP changes - Chapter 9 Discovering the Hidden...

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Chapter 9 Discovering the Hidden Depths of Health Care: Lay Beliefs, Social Support, and Informal Care Learning Objectives The role of lay beliefs in defining the meaning of good health The five thematic components that frame lay beliefs in what it means to be in good health Four illness belief dimensions that make sense of the meaning of illness Lay beliefs vs. biomedicine To present a typology of self-care behaviour The role of social networks play in achieving health benefits The use of narratives to gain insight into the hidden depths of health care. Summary The chapter introduces the student to the “iceberg metaphor:” healthcare can be divided into that which is visible or measured (above the water), and that which is invisible or unmeasured (below the water). Symptoms only comprise a small proportion of an individual’s health care experiences. The iceberg represents numerous layers of formal and informal health care; although distinct, each layer is permeable. There is considerable focus on the important role of lay perceptions and conceptions in defining the meaning of health. Five thematic components are presented: the absence of illness, physical and psychological fitness, sense of well-being, ability to carry out daily tasks, and health as a resource for living. Lay beliefs also attempt to make sense of illness. Although science and medicine can provide treatment for illness, they cannot answer the question, “why me?” Four illness belief dimensions are presented to makes sense of the
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