chapter  5
Ill health and hospitalisation
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While most health care is home-based, being a hospital patient can mark a critical juncture in living with ill health. It can represent the relief of acute or chronic pain, the treatment of profound disease or the presentation of a sobering diagnosis. It may also lead to further ill health, denote the transition to increased impairment and make heavy demands on patients themselves and those close to them. The experience of hospital treatment is also characterised by inequality.