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Contents Tables and boxes Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 Introduction: medicines in time and space Introduction Historical use of medicines The role of professionals The international context Theoretical approach Scope and structure of the book Part 1 Lifeworld perspectives Chapter 2 Self care and complementary therapies Introduction The popular sector The informal sector Conclusion Chapter 3 Medicines in the lifeworld Introduction Lifeworld metaphors and meanings Lay perspectives on medicines Lay testing of medicines Ways people take medicines Managing everyday life The problem of ?non compliance? Construction of shared knowledge Conclusion Part II System perspectives Chapter 4 The development and licensing of medicines Introduction The development of drug regulation Development of medicines Testing and licensing of medicines Post licensing Involvement of patients and the general public Conclusion Chapter 5 Information about medicines Introduction Information for professionals Information for patients Conclusion Chapter 6 Prescribing Introduction What is good prescribing? Prescribing decisions System imperatives: the pharmaceutical industry System imperatives: attempts to rationalise prescribing Conclusion Part III The interface between system and lifeworld Chapter 7 Patient-professional communication Introduction Nurse prescribing Patients? influence on prescribing System and lifeworld in healthcare consultations Strategic or communicative action? Conclusion Chapter 8 Collective action Introduction Types of group Prioritising the lifeworld Relationships with other stakeholders Conclusion Chapter 9 Balance between system and lifeworld Introduction Lifeworld and system Patient and public involvement Lay involvement in each stage of the life cycle of medicines Conclusion References Index
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