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Sociology of Health Professions

Series Editors: Mike Saks, University of Suffolk, UK and Mike Dent, Staffordshire University, UK 

This series centres on the production of high quality, original work in the sociology of health professions with an innovative focus on the likely future direction of such professions.

Books in the series cover a wide range of associated health professional areas, and encompass interrelated health fields such as social care, as well as medicine, nursing and the allied health professions.

The aims of the series are:

  • inform and stimulate debate about issues in the sociology of health professions
  • influence policy development and practice in the fields concerned
  • make a significant contribution to academic thinking in the sociology of health
  • produce original national/international work of recognised high quality

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Call for proposals

Series editors Mike Saks and Mike Dent are inviting proposals for books drawing on international academic perspectives on health professions with a view towards influencing future social change. We are keen to receive submissions on areas such as comparative health organisation, complementary and alternative medicine, health care governance, health leadership and management, and users in health care.

If you are interested in discussing an idea or submitting a proposal, please contact Mike Saks, or Mike Dent,

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Medical Doctors in Health Reforms

A Comparative Study of England and Canada

Health and legal experts from England and Canada consider the influence of medical doctors on reforms in this comparative study. With reflections on participation since the inception of publicly-funded healthcare systems, they show how the status of doctors affects change.

Policy Press

The Allied Health Professions

A Sociological Perspective

Drawing on case studies from optometrists, physiotherapists, pedorthists and allied health assistants, this book offers an innovative comparison of allied health occupations in Australia and Britain. Adopting a theory of the sociology of health professions, it explores how the allied health professions can achieve their professional goals.

Policy Press

Support Workers and the Health Professions in International Perspective

The Invisible Providers of Health Care

Edited by Mike Saks

This original collection analyses the global experience of health care support workers (HSWs) and examines their interface with the health professions, regulatory practice risks, employment challenges and the dilemmas of an ageing population. Crucial future policy recommendations are also made for a world becoming increasingly dependent on HSWs.

Policy Press

Professional Health Regulation in the Public Interest

International Perspectives

Bringing together leading academics worldwide, this collection compares and critically examines the ways in which different countries are regulating healthcare in general, and health professions in particular, in the interest of users and the wider public.

Policy Press