Health Inequalities And Social Determinants Of Health

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Sociology is the study of interaction between groups and individuals in human society. In recent times, there is a movement away from the belief that ill health and disease is due only to biological explanations, but that it may be linked to other social factors such as social class, ethnic groups, gender, and age. A study of sociology would provide a nurse with an alternative way of looking at his or her patients and gaining a deeper insight into the problems presenting. The nurse may have a better understanding of the social influences on health and wellbeing of the people in their care. The researcher Hannah Cooke (1993) goes as far as saying that the subject of sociology ‘facilitates the holistic care of the patient’ by increasing the nurses understanding of the patients social and psychological needs. A successful study of sociology might equip a nurse with what is termed the Sociological Imagination and produce the ability to make different interpretations of phenomena and to think outside the box. In addition to this, it may produce nurses who have a more open, less judgemental approach towards their patients, such as to the drug addict, alcoholic or self-harmer. For the purpose of this assignment I will focus on health inequalities and the social determinants of health.
Sociological studies have revealed that in Irish society, there is health inequalities and health is not evenly distributed. It is socially constructed, with the socially disadvantaged suffering
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