The rise of complementary self-care: A national sociological study of women's strategies for coping and living with chronic illness
Conventional approaches to chronic illness in Australia have failed to meet the complex needs of sufferers, leading to an exponential rise in interest in and use of complementary self-care, particularly amongst women. In this study, drawing on a unique national sample of women suffering from chronic illnesses, we will provide critical insight into women's complementary self-care practices and structures of disadvantage. This study will be the first worldwide to document previously 'hidden' complementary self-care practices, providing a new framework for understanding and promoting women's health and wellbeing in the context of chronic illness.
sociology,medical sociology,health social science