State of the art: A decade of health sociology in review

Willis, Evan and Broom, Alex (2004) State of the art: A decade of health sociology in review. Health Sociology Review, 13 2: 122-144. doi:10.5172/hesr.13.2.122

Author Willis, Evan
Broom, Alex
Title State of the art: A decade of health sociology in review
Journal name Health Sociology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-1242
Publication date 2004-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/hesr.13.2.122
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 122
End page 144
Total pages 23
Place of publication Maleny, Qld., Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper reports on a review of health sociology in Australia from 1990
till present. The authors searched all the major databases for health social
sciences including Medline, CINAHL, Sociological Abstracts and Australian
Medical Index. Methodological difficulties in capturing all such work are
outlined first. Examination of the citations revealed a significant increase
in research and commentary in the discipline, and a continued (since the
last review) movement away from the biomedical world views towards more
inductive, qualitative research strategies and epistemological standpoints.
This decade saw the emergence of AIDS, the body and complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM) as popular themes in research, and the
proliferation of risk as a conceptual tool. An important finding is the
proportion of single-authored publications and the possible implications
for communication and dialogue amongst those working in the discipline,
and the seeming lack of collaboration, at least at the level of publication. It
is concluded that although there are parallels with the findings of the previous
reviews, there have been distinct methodological and paradigmatic shifts in
health sociology over the last decade.
Keyword Health sociology
New Zealand
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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