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New insights into pharmacy practice from a sociological perspective

Sociology and pharmacy practiceThis book, adapted from a series of articles published in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, seeks to address the paucity of sociologically informed research undertaken within pharmacy. The authors outline a number of sociological theories and perspectives pertinent to health care and illustrate their potential to inform pharmacy practice in general and practice research in particular. To this end, the contributions of selected key theorists such as Marx, Parsons and Foucault are described, alongside reflections on the significance to pharmacy of factors such as feminism, ethnicity, risk and professional identity.

The book is well-written and up-to-date. Many of the theories described will be unfamiliar to pharmacists who have been educated according to bio-scientific principles. However, the authors have achieved an admirable balance between making the text intellectually challenging, yet readable.

My only minor criticism is that while most chapters usefully end with sections describing how a particular sociological perspective might be applied to pharmacy research, these are entitled “Relevance to pharmacy practice research”. In this, the authors seem to sell their project short. The entire book’s contents are highly pertinent to practice researchers, providing a resource for those seeking to explore aspects of practice and generate new insights by the application of sociological theorising to pharmacists’ professional activities. As such, I would recommend it to any such researcher seeking to include a sociological perspective in their studies.


Kevin Taylor

Citation: The Pharmaceutical JournalURI: 10020132

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