Lecture 11-23 Med Soc

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Introduction to Sociology November 23, 2010
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Why Sociology of Health and  Medicine? Medicine and health care is an important social institution Physical health of society is dependent on some form of health and medicinal care Health and health care are unevenly distributed
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Illness and Health Illness and Health have both personal and social dimensions Evaluation of what is painful is partially social- different societies have different pain thresholds Evaluation of what is “proper” functioning is social Epilepsy is considered a “god-like” experience in Hmong culture Deafness- culture or disability? Experience of one’s own illness affects other individuals and social institutions (ie: medical, work, school, family, etc)
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Factors in Health and Illness . Individual Health And Illness Cultural and Behavioral factors Political Social and Economic Factors Environmental Factors Bio-genetic Factors
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Bio-genetic factors Sex Color-blindness Inherited disorders “dis”ability age
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Cultural Factors Lay or “folk” explanations of health and illness An apple a day will keep the doctor away Scientific explanations of health and illness HIV causes AIDS and ARC Doctor-patient relationships The “culture” of medicine Medicalization Commodification of health
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Political Social and Economic  Factors Public health and private care Rationing health Certain procedures are provided to certain people at certain times Ie: prostate exams, mammograms, etc Inequalities in health Evaluation and assessment of health care “managed care” “evidence-based practice” Frequently discounts traditional treatments
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Toxic environments Health hazards and health risks Lower classes, men, and blacks & latino/as are more likely to be exposed to heath hazards
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