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Health and wellbeing

The health inequalities in our society, especially when taken internationally, are stark and have been revealed and made worse by COVID-19. Health literacy around the world is irregular, particularly in communities that struggle to even get basic access to healthcare, and the long-term links between poverty and health are becoming more evident.

Focussing on UN Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, our publishing in this area examines the issues and looks towards providing solutions. Our COVID-19 Collection, for example, showcases our content on the pandemic, in order to encourage broader perspectives and collaborations across global and disciplinary boundaries.

Bristol University Press and Policy Press are signed up to the UN SDG Publishers Compact. In Health and wellbeing, we aim to address the following goal:

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Ageing through Austerity

Critical Perspectives from Ireland

A carefully crafted study of ageing in Ireland, one of the countries hardest hit by the Eurozone financial crisis, presenting a critical analysis of ageing and social policy in a country under tight austerity measures.

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The New Science of Ageing

Edited by Alan Walker

This unique book represents the first multi-disciplinary examination of ageing, from basic cell biology to social participation in later life, drawing on the pioneering New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, the UK’s largest research programme in ageing.

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Young People Leaving State Care in China

Through the perspectives of young people themselves, this book reviews changes in policy and practices that affected the generation of young people who grew up in state care in China during the last 20 years.

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Social Determinants of Health

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Inequality and Wellbeing

Edited by Adrian Bonner

Based on the ‘rainbow model’ of the social determinants of health, this book examines the key factors which can lead to poor quality of life, homelessness and reduced mortality.

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Unpaid Care Policies in the UK

Rights, Resources and Relationships

This book examines policies on unpaid care in the UK since the 1990 NHS and Community Care Act, questioning why, after decades of policies and strategies, unpaid care remains in a marginal position in the social care system and in society more broadly, as demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Religion and Health Care in East Africa

Lessons from Uganda, Mozambique and Ethiopia

This book is the first to investigate what role religion plays in health care in East Africa. Taking in to account the geopolitical and economic environments of the region, the authors examine the roles played by individual and group beliefs, government policies, and pressure from the Millennium Development Goals in affecting health outcomes.

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Radical Hope

Poverty-Aware Practice for Social Work

Krumer-Nevo provides a new framework for people working with and for people in poverty: The Poverty-Aware Paradigm. This book details its extensive application across diverse poverty contexts in Israel, links it to diverse facets of social work practice and provides innovative ways of thinking about how social work can address poverty globally.

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Errors and Mistakes in Child Protection

International Discourses, Approaches and Strategies

Lessons from child protection errors and mistakes in 11 countries in Europe and North America are drawn together in a stimulating study from leading researchers in the field. By comparing and contrasting impacts, responses and responsibilities, it deepens understanding of how child protection systems fail and points to ideas for risk reduction.

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Supporting Children when Parents Separate

Embedding a Crisis Intervention Approach within Family Justice, Education and Mental Health Policy

A fresh approach to supporting children who experience parental separation and divorce. Murch argues for preventative intervention which responds to children's worries when they first present them, without waiting until things have gone badly wrong.

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What Is the Future of Social Work?

This book offers a unique analysis of the challenges facing contemporary social work that considers the multi-faceted threats to the profession. It provides in-depth reflections on the future of social care practice and solutions for students and practitioners.

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Understanding Health and Social Care

This engaging and accessible text, now in its third edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to health and social care. This new edition has been updated to cover recent developments, including the integrated care agenda, potential regional devolution and austerity.

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Trusting on the Edge

Managing Uncertainty and Vulnerability in the Midst of Serious Mental Health Problems

This book explores issues central to contemporary theoretical debates around the nature of trust, linking abstract concerns to empirical analysis with interviews with service-users, practitioners and managers.

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Evidence & Policy

To what extent does evidence support decision making during infectious disease outbreaks? A scoping literature review [Open Access]

Making evidence and policy in public health emergencies: lessons from COVID-19 for adaptive evidence-making and intervention [Open Access]

Risk, uncertainty and medical practice: changes in the medical professions following disaster [Open Access]

Building trust and sharing power for co-creation in Aboriginal health research: a stakeholder interview study

The evolution of Cochrane evidence summaries in health communication and participation: seeking and responding to stakeholder feedback

Sharing confidential health data for research purposes in the UK: where are ‘publics’ in the public interest?

Reconstructing the mixed mechanisms of health: the role of bio- and sociomarkers

Are ‘healthy cohorts’ real-world relevant? Comparing the National Child Development Study (NCDS) with the ONS Longitudinal Study (LS)

Nutritional lifestyle patterns and cancer: confounding effect of social determinants across the life course in women from the 1958 British birth cohort study

Early-life circumstances and the risk of function-limiting long-term conditions in later life [Open Access]

Socio-demographic and maternal health indicators of inhibitory control in preschool age children: evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand

Socio-economic position at four time points across the life course and all-cause mortality: updated results from the Uppsala Birth Cohort Multigenerational Study [Open Access]

Overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence: findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, up to age 14

International Journal of Care and Caring

Care goes viral: care theory and research confront the global COVID-19 pandemic

Associations between care network types and psychological well-being among Dutch older adults

Epistemic injustice, face-to-face encounters and caring institutions

Philosophical dialogue in palliative care and hospice work

Improving the identification of cancer patients’ caring relationships

Supporting people with young-onset dementia and their family carers better