Jostling for position

A sociology of allied health

Lauren WILLIAMS, Tanya LAWLIS

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Abstract

Allied health professionals provide specialised services to patients that are distinct from those provided by doctors and nurses. the range of services offered by allied health is broad, addressing the physical, psychological, social, functional, nutritional, pharmaceutical, and informational needs of patients. The aim of this chapter is to describe, and then analyse using the sociological imagination template, the role of allied health practitioners, focusing on their development into professions in a health system characterised by medical dominance. to study the division of labour in what Evan wills calls the social structure of health care delivery, we must look at how the various professions operate within the system. Much has been written from a sociological or political perspective about medicine and, increasingly, nursing. The critical perspective offered by sociology can uncover barriers to success and thereby inform the future direction of the allied health professions. It is the purpose of this chapter to provide such a perspective and to explore how members of the allied health professions seek to position themselves within the health system in order to be able to deliver effective patient care.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond Opinion: An introduction to health sociology
EditorsJohn Germov
Place of PublicationVictoria
PublisherOxford University Press Australia and New Zealand
Chapter23
Pages439-463
Number of pages24
Edition5
ISBN (Print)9780195520149
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Sociology
Health Occupations
Health
Imagination
Allied Health Personnel
Patient Care
Nursing
Nurses
Medicine
Psychology
Delivery of Health Care
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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WILLIAMS, L., & LAWLIS, T. (2014). Jostling for position: A sociology of allied health. In J. Germov (Ed.), Second Opinion: An introduction to health sociology (5 ed., pp. 439-463). Victoria: Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand.
WILLIAMS, Lauren ; LAWLIS, Tanya. / Jostling for position : A sociology of allied health. Second Opinion: An introduction to health sociology. editor / John Germov. 5. ed. Victoria : Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand, 2014. pp. 439-463
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