Living with illness
- an infection, eg HIV or malaria
- hereditary/genetic factors, eg muscular dystrophy
- environmental factors, eg respiratory conditions
- an accident, eg acquired brain injury.
Your taskRead ‘The social construction of illness’ and, in the comments, share your understanding about the difference between illness and disease.
- What terms do you use to describe different conditions?
- How do these compare with those used by others?
Conrad, P., & Barker, K. K. (2010). The social construction of illness: Key insights and policy implications. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 51, Suppl, S67–S79.
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