Description - The Social Organization of Mental Illness by Lindsay Prior
In this study of mental illness Lindsay Prior examines the organization of medical and social services for people with serious psychiatric disorders. The book focuses on the current transition from hospital-centered to community-centered services - the most important and far reaching of all the change which have affected psychiatry in the 20th century. The rationales behind this and other transformations in mental health provision are outlined. The consequences of these changes for both the mentally ill and the professionals who organize their care and treatment are examined.
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(216mm x 138mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Lindsay Prior
Lindsay Prior is Professor of Sociology at Queens University, Belfast. He is currently a Principal Investigator for the Health Policy Research stream within the recently opened Northern Ireland Centre of Excellence in Public Health. Since the mid 1980s, his research interests have been split between medical sociology and the sociology of health and illness and the design and use of qualitative research methods - particularly those that involve the use of text and documentation. In past years he has a acted as Principal Investigator for major awards from the Wellcome Trust (Biomedical Ethics Programme), the ESRC (Innovative Health Technologies Programme), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and various NHS R&D Offices. The research work associated with these grants has covered a wide range of health-related topics and interests, including a focus on lay understandings of health and disease, and the application of qualitative research methods to health service research problems.