The Clinical Sociologist in Medical Settings

  • Yvonne M. Vissing
  • David J. Kallen


As medicine has come to recognize the importance of psychological and sociological variables in the role of health and disease, the demand for clinical sociologists in medical settings has increased. In this chapter, the history of medical sociology will be reviewed, the special roles of clinical sociologists in medical settings will be discussed, and the usefulness of sociological theory in delivering health care services will be noted. Fertile areas of development for clinical sociologists, including medical ethics, chronic disease, and the establishment of personal and social Wellness, will be outlined. In order for clinical sociologists to deliver services, they must gain professional acceptance, so some discussion of credibility for clinical sociologists in medical settings is included. This chapter should provide the reader with an understanding of the special needs of patients and providers in the health care professions. More important, it will demonstrate how the unique skills of clinical sociologists can be used in medical settings and show that clinicians working within a medical framework may find the opportunities to help bring about monumental social change.


Medical Ethic Health Care Delivery Medical Setting Health Care Team Sociological Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvonne M. Vissing
    • 1
    • 2
  • David J. Kallen
    • 3
  1. 1.Family Research LaboratoryUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsBoston City HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics and Human DevelopmentMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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