After reading chapter 11, I want you to apply some of the ideas in this chapter to your own experiences. Specifically, on p. 281, Weitz begins to discuss some sociological aspects of patient-provider relationships and interactions.
1. Think about an experience you have had as a patient, or family member, or caregiver. What were the interactions with the doctor, or other healthcare professionals, or staff? How did you feel about the interactions? What did you think about the interactions?
2. Analyze this experience sociologically. What is one of the structural/cultural/historical (including professional cultures) that informed the interactions? (i.e. gender, race, ethnicity, paternalism, class, etc.) Feel free to discuss anything you feel is sociologically relevant