From the latest edition of Social Science and Medicine, Volume 120 , Pages 1-438, November 2014
The unfinished body: The medical and social reshaping of disabled young bodies
Janice McLaughlin & Edmund Coleman-Fountain
- Medical interventions mark the disabled young body as in need of repair.
- Such interventions are incorporated into stories of embodied identity.
- Transitions to adulthood are influential to approaches to fixing the body.
- Ongoing intervention leaves the body always unfinished and open to remaking.
No time for the gym? Housework and other non-labor market time use patterns are associated with meeting physical activity recommendations among adults in full-time, sedentary jobs
Lindsey P. Smith, Shu Wen Ng & Barry M. Popkin
- Physical activity guidelines should consider patterns of activity and inactivity.
- Screen-dominated patterns increased over time.
- Non-screen patterns are also associated with very low physical activity.
- Housework and caregiving patterns improve chances of meeting guidelines.
- Effective guidelines must be achievable within the context of a busy life.
How theory is used and articulated in qualitative research: Development of a new typology
Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Julie Taylor & Oliver Herber
- Researchers do not consistently articulate how theory is used in qualitative studies.
- There is a need for qualitative researchers to unmask theory.
- A typology on levels of theoretical visibility in qualitative research is presented.
- The typology will help researchers to critique the use and articulation of theory.
Doing diagnosis: Whether and how clinicians use a diagnostic tool of uncertain clinical utility
Natalie Armstrong & Paul Hilton
- Explores diagnosis as a process, from the perspective of clinicians doing it.
- Practice varies when there is no strong evidence for or against a diagnostic test.
- Many participants saw clinical and/or social benefits to using urodynamics.
- Others believed that the costs outweighed the benefits.
- There are very different approaches to performing the diagnostic process.
The habitus of ‘rescue’ and its significance for implementation of rapid response systems in acute health care
Nicola Mackintosh, Charlotte Humphrey & Jane Sandalla
- We explored the social practice of ‘rescue’ on medical wards.
- Access to ‘rescue capital’ enabled the social positioning of staff and organisations.
- Lack of access to authorised rescue resource created problems with securing help.
- Routine rescue work and structural inequalities require greater policy focus.