Social Constructions of Health: Sick Role, Physician's Role & Profit Motive in Medicine


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In our society, individuals performing the sick role are _____.

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1. The set of expectations that defines the behaviors appropriate for individuals who are sick is called the _____.

2. The expectation that physicians will give patients a set of 'doctor's orders' that, if followed, will make them feel better is part of the _____ in society.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of what the sick role and the physician's role are and behaviors related to each.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Factors that apply to individuals playing the sick role
  • Set of expectations for behaviors that are appropriate for people who are sick
  • The expectation that physicians give patients a set of orders
  • Motive that could influence doctors
  • A role example

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sociology lesson
  • Information recall - use your knowledge to answer questions about the sick role and what society expects of this role
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a physician's role and what motive could influence doctors

Additional Learning

After taking the quiz, you can review the lesson called Social Constructions of Health: 'Sick Role,' 'Physician's Role' & Profit Motive in Medicine. You'll be able to find out more about:

  • What makes human interactions smooth and predictable
  • Expectations of acute conditions
  • Reasons behind increasing medical costs