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4b - Health Care

Health Care Index


Author: Dr Iain Crinson (2007)
Revised by Dr Sharif Ismail (2017)



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4b. Health Care:

Different approaches to health care (including self-care, family care, community care, self-help groups), Hospitals as social institutions, Professions, professionalisation and professional conflicts, The role of clinical autonomy in the provision of health care, Behaviour in response to illness and treatments, Psychology of decision-making in health behaviour.


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