Catalogo Articoli (Spogli Riviste)

OPAC HELP

Titolo:
Medications as social phenomena
Autore:
Cohen, D; McCubbin, M; Collin, J; Perodeau, G;
Indirizzi:
Florida Int Univ, Coll Hlth & Urban Affairs, Sch Social Work, Miami, FL 33199 USA Florida Int Univ Miami FL USA 33199 Sch Social Work, Miami, FL 33199 USA Univ Regina, Saskatchewan Populat Hlth Evaluat & Res Unit, Regina, SK S4S 0A2, Canada Univ Regina Regina SK Canada S4S 0A2 Res Unit, Regina, SK S4S 0A2, Canada Univ Montreal, GRASP, Montreal, PQ H3C 3J7, Canada Univ Montreal MontrealPQ Canada H3C 3J7 SP, Montreal, PQ H3C 3J7, Canada Univ Montreal, Fac Pharm, Montreal, PQ H3C 3J7, Canada Univ Montreal Montreal PQ Canada H3C 3J7 rm, Montreal, PQ H3C 3J7, Canada Univ Quebec, Dept Psychol, Hull, PQ J8X 3X7, Canada Univ Quebec Hull PQ Canada J8X 3X7 Dept Psychol, Hull, PQ J8X 3X7, Canada
Titolo Testata:
HEALTH
fascicolo: 4, volume: 5, anno: 2001,
pagine: 441 - 469
SICI:
1363-4593(200110)5:4<441:MASP>2.0.ZU;2-Y
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
PSYCHOTROPIC-DRUG USE; DECISION-MAKING; MENTAL-HEALTH; PHYSICIANS PERSPECTIVES; PHARMACEUTICAL-INDUSTRY; UNITED-STATES; PRIMARY-CARE; PSYCHIATRY; ANTIDEPRESSANTS; PSYCHOLOGISTS;
Keywords:
constructivism; critical analysis; general system theory; pharmaceuticals; psychotropic medications; social change;
Tipo documento:
Review
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
142
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Cohen, D Florida Int Univ, Coll Hlth & Urban Affairs, Sch Social Work, 11200 SW 8thSt, Miami, FL 33199 USA Florida Int Univ 11200 SW 8th St Miami FL USA 33199 FL 33199 USA
Citazione:
D. Cohen et al., "Medications as social phenomena", HEALTH, 5(4), 2001, pp. 441-469

Abstract

This article discusses medications as socially embedded phenomena, using the class of psychoactive medications as a primary example. The analytical perspective is systemic, constructivist, and critical. We suggest that the 'rational use of drugs' paradigm fails to appreciate various legitimate rationalities motivating medication usages and is therefore inadequate to understand the place of medications in society. Medications have complex life cycles, with diverse actors, social systems, and institutions determining whouses what medications, how, when and why. Such understanding permits analyzing medications simultaneously as entities and representations. We outlinerecent changes in usage patterns of psychoactive medications (notably prescriptions to children), in pharmaceutical marketing practices (notably direct-to-consumer advertising), and in the construction of knowledge about drugs (notably the role of the Internet in legitimating consumers' viewpoints). These changes indicate that medication life cycles evolve and mutate withsocial and technological change. These life cycles are viewed, then, as systems - part of other social, cultural, and economic systems, themselves inconstant change. This perspective provides fertile ground to raise severalresearch questions in order to understand better the nature of medications, their effects, and their place in society.

ASDD Area Sistemi Dipartimentali e Documentali, Università di Bologna, Catalogo delle riviste ed altri periodici
Documento generato il 05/04/20 alle ore 03:47:07