chapter  4
Ill health at home
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In this chapter, we focus on addressing social work’s impact on inequalities in ill health. In describing how the experience of ill health is permeated by socially created inequalities we first highlight the perspective of lay health workers (Stacey 1988), looking at both people who are ill and those closely involved with them, and the twin processes of giving and receiving care (Aronson 1998). Second, we examine negative aspects of current forms of social work practice, and finally, we discuss forms of practice which can reduce inequalities and promote a better quality of life for people who are living with illness.