Lifestyle in medicine

  • Hansen E
  • Easthope G
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Abstract

review of epidemiological lit, medical text books, sociological lit, plus interviews / observation with doctors re: lifestyle. Arguing that while there is some evidence (in this case, with younger doctors and some GPs) of a moralistic view of "lifestyle" that gives weight to critiques of monolithic medicalisation, there is also evidence of understanding of the limitations on some people to enact lifestyle changes etc. Doctors use it as a means not simply of blaming individuals, but of learning more about them,and empowering them to cope with and manage illness.

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Authors

  • Emily Hansen

  • Gary Easthope

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