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Being sick is sometimes hard and heavy work

Published: 3 July 2014

A new paper by Professor Carl May and colleagues

A new paper by Professor Carl May and colleagues sets out a rigorous theoretical framework for analyzing this work and understanding its effects, not just on people with health problems, but on their significant others too. This paper draws together the work of researchers in Southampton, Glasgow and at the Mayo Clinic. It has policy and clinical applications because it helps us to understand important aspects of health and help-seeking behaviours and health service utilization, and helps us to understand how the work of being sick gets embedded across the boundaries between healthcare and self-care.

Rethinking the patient: using Burden of Treatment Theory to understand the changing dynamics of illness

Professor Carl May leads the Complexity, Patient Experience, and Organizational Behaviour theme in NIHR CLAHRC Wessex

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