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Health Sociology

 

Health, illness and society

The main social problems and issues examined in all my publications are listed below indicating as KEYWORDS the specific aspects investigated, followed by the relevant publications that report the research findings.

Themes

 

 

 

 

Illness and public health

 

KEYWORDS: Disability-adjusted life year (DALY); Disability-free life expectancy (DFLE); Disease outcomes; Epidemics; Epidemiology; Global health; Health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE); Infectious diseases; Public health; Health risks; Sentinels; illness surveillance.

 

Quah, Stella R. (2018) “Disability, Illness and Health Risks: Public Health and Epidemiology Approaches”, Elsevier Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences, 1-13.  DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.66190-1  

 

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KEYWORDS: Epidemics, SARS, governance, public trust, public perception of susceptibility, crisis management appraisal, quarantine acceptance, Singapore, Hong Kong

 

Quah, Stella R. and Lee Hin Peng (2004)"Crisis Prevention and Management during SARS Outbreak, Singapore," Emerging Infectious Diseases, 10 (2):364-368.

https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1002.030418

 

Leung, G.M., Quah, Stella, Ho, L.M., Ho, S.Y., Hedley, A.J., Lee, H.P., and Lam, T.H. (2004) "A Tale of Two Cities: Community psychobehavioral surveillance and related impact on outbreak control in Hong Kong and Singapore during the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic", Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 25(12) December, 1033-1041. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/502340

 

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KEYWORDS: Epidemics, Ebola, risk prevention, community engagement, individual- and community-level predictors, subjective perception of severity and susceptibility, public image of disease, consensus-building, trust, collective informed consent

 

Quah, Stella R. (2017) “Social dimensions of epidemics”, International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd ed. Oxford: Academic Press, Volume 6, 562-568. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00509-9

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KEYWORDS: Epidemics, Ebola, HIV, AIDS, SARS, global governance, public image of disease; risk-taking; Asia; medical sociology, health consensus-building, infectious disease surveillance

 

Quah, Stella R. (2014) “Pandemic preparedness and response”. In W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah, eds, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behaviour and Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 4: 1737-1741. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs354

 

Quah, Stella R. (2008) "Management of Epidemics". In V.N. Parrillo (ed), Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Volume 1. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications, 326-327.

 

Quah, Stella R. (2007) "Public image and governance of epidemics: Comparing HIV/AIDS and SARS," Health Policy, 80, 253-272. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2006.03.002

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KEYWORDS: Epidemics, global governance, state response, global and local strategies, policy success and failure, trust, health-consensus, research preparedness, HIV/AIDS, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, India

 

Quah, Stella R. ed. (2007) Crisis Preparedness: Asia and the Global Governance of Epidemics. Stanford, CA: Stanford Shorenstein APARC & Brookings Institution. Editor and contributor. https://www.brookings.edu/book/crisis-preparedness/

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KEYWORDS: Epidemics, history, governance, social influences

 

Quah, Stella R. (2007a) "Governance of Epidemics: Is there reason for concern?". In S.R. Quah, ed., Crisis Preparedness: Asia and the Global Governance of Epidemics. Stanford: APARC and Brookings Institution, pp. 11-23.

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KEYWORDS: Epidemics, collective informed consent, building trust, warrants for trust, transparency of state actions, consensus-building, community involvement, factors influencing governance

 

Quah, Stella R. (2007b) "On Trust and Health Consensus-building in the Governance of Epidemics". In S.R. Quah, ed., Crisis Preparedness: Asia and the Global Governance of Epidemics. Stanford: APARC and Brookings Institution, pp. 113-133.

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KEYWORDS: Behavioral factors in public health; alcohol; drugs; epidemiology of injuries; nutrition; obesity; inactivity; tobacco use; violence; demography; epidemiology; environmental epidemiology, occupational epidemiology; epidemiology of diseases; anemia; cancer; cardiovascular diseases; diabetes mellitus; disease prevention; emerging and re-emerging diseases; infectious diseases; neurological diseases; parasitic diseases; psychological and psychiatric disorders; respiratory diseases; sensory disorders; ethical and professional issues in epidemiology; health inequalities; health services; health systems; history of epidemiology; history of public health; aging and public health; at-risk populations; child health; adolescent health; sexual and reproductive health

 

Quah, S.R. and Cockerham, W.C. eds. (2017) International Encyclopedia of Public Health. 2nd Edition. London: Academic Press-Elsevier https://www.sciencedirect.com/referencework/9780128037089/international-encyclopedia-of-public-health

 

Heggenhougen, Kris and Quah, Stella R., eds. (2008) International Encyclopedia of Public Health. 1st Edition. London: Elsevier. Six Volumes. Editor and contributor.

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KEYWORDS: drug addiction, personal autonomy, choice, ethical intervention, harm reduction, harm prevention, community harm prevention, ascertaining harm reduction, physical harm, mental harm, cannabis, needle and syringe program, opioid substitution therapy, rehabilitation

 

Quah, Stella R. (2017) “Illicit psychoactive substance use and Harm Prevention” International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd ed. Oxford: Academic Press, Volume 4, 157-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00521-X

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KEYWORDS: drug addiction, peer influence, cultural customs, beliefs, occupation, risk environment

 

Quah, Stella R. (2017) “Historical and socio-cultural context of psychoactive substance use”, International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd ed. Oxford: Academic Press, Volume 4, 1-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00421-5

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KEYWORDS: medical sociology, health psychology, public health application, theories, methodologies

 

Quah, Stella R. (2015) “Sociology and Psychology in Public Health”. In Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, Q.A. Karim and Chorh Chuan Tan, eds., Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health. 6th Edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, Volume 2, pp. 695-708. . http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199661756.003.0124

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KEYWORDS: Health, family, gender, health behavior, health care systems, medical geography, medical sociology, health psychology, medical anthropology, health organizations, health policy, illness behavior, medical education, mental health, race and health, social class and health, stress, social science theories on health.

 

W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah, eds. (2014) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell. Editor and contributor. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118410868

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KEYWORDS: public health aspects of sexual and reproductive health, epidemiology, demography, infectious diseases, mental and neurological disorders, health systems finance and organizations

 

Van Look, P., Heggenhougen, K., and Quah, S.R. (2011) Sexual and Reproductive Health. Burlington, MA and London: Elsevier. http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780128102329&pagename=search

 

Killewo, J., Heggenhougen, K.H., and Quah, S.R., eds. (2010) Epidemiology and Demography in Public Health. London: Elsevier. Editor and contributor. http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123822000&pagename=search

 

Hamer, D., Griffiths, J.K., Maguire, J.H., Heggenhougen, H.K., and Quah, S.R. eds., (2010) Public Health and Infectious Diseases. London: Elsevier http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123815064&pagename=search

 

Patel, V., Woodward, A., Feigin, V.L., Heggenhougen, H.K., and Quah, S.R., eds. (2010) Mental and Neurological Public Health: A Global Perspective. London: Elsevier. http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780128102022&pagename=search

 

Quah, Stella R. (2006) "Health: Sexually transmitted diseases in East Asia, Australia and the Pacific." In Joseph, Suad (ed), Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, Volume 3. Bedfordshire, UK: Brill, pp 223-225.

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KEYWORDS: Disease burden predictors, sex differences, domestic burden of disease, DALYs, risk-factors, malignant neoplasms, cardiovascular diseases, unintended injuries

 

Quah, Stella R. (2011) “Gender and the burden of disease in ten Asian countries: An exploratory analysis,” Asia Europe Journal, volume 8, No.4, 499-512. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10308-011-0286-y

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KEYWORDS: public health, high-rise dwellings, Singapore, public housing

 

Phoon. W. O., Quah, Stella, Tye, C. Y. and Leong, H.K. (1976) "A Preliminary Study of the Health of a Population Staying in High Rise Apartments in Singapore," Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 70, 2, 231-246. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00034983.1976.11687117 

 

 

 

Family caregivers and illness in the family

 

KEYWORDS: Family stress, family caregivers, role distress, role overload, quality of life, culture, care burden, positive aspects of caregiving, mental illness, schizophrenia, mental health services, Singapore

 

Quah, Stella R. (2017) “Partnership: The missing link in the process of de-institutionalization of mental health care”, International Journal of Health Services, 47, 3:532-549.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0020731415614512  

 

Quah, Stella R. (2015) “Illness and caregiving in the family”. In S.R. Quah (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Families in Asia. London: Routledge, 359-374. ISBN 978-0-415-71546-1

 

Quah, Stella R. (2014) “Caring for persons with schizophrenia at home: Examining the link between family caregivers’ role distress and quality of life,” Sociology of Health and Illness, 36, 4: 596-612, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12091     

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KEYWORDS: Positive aspects of caregiving, stroke, longitudinal studies, Singapore

 

Malhotra R., Chei CL, Menon, EB, Chow WL, Quah S, Chan A, Ajay S, Matchar DB (2018) “Trajectories of positive aspects of caregiving among family caregivers of stroke-survivors: the differential impact of stroke-survivor disability”, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, https://doi.org/10.1080/10749357.2018.1455369   

                 

Malhotra, R., Chei, C.L., Menon, E., Chow, W.L., Quah, S.R., Chan, A., and Matchar, D. (2016) “Short-term trajectories of depressive symptoms in stroke survivors and their family caregivers”, Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 25, 1:172-181.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2015.09.012

 

 

 

 

 

Culture, illness, and health policy

 

KEYWORDS: traditional healing systems; traditional Chinese medicine; acupuncture; ethos of science; pragmatic acculturation; ethnicity, health behavior, health education, food choices, self-medication, culture, health beliefs and attitudes, preventive health behavior, health education, informed consent, the health belief model

 

Quah, Stella R. (2014) “Health and culture”. In W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah, eds, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behaviour and Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2: 926-934. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs012

See the extended version of this article in: Quah, Stella R. (2010) “Health and Culture”. In William C. Cockerham, ed., The New Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology. London: Blackwell, pp. 27-46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444314786.ch2

 

Quah, S.R. (2008) “In Pursuit of Health: Pragmatic Acculturation in Everyday Life”, Health Sociology Review, 17, 4, 419-421.

https://doi.org/10.5172/hesr.451.17.4.419

 

Quah, Stella R. (2003) "Traditional Healing Systems and the Ethos of Science," Social Science and Medicine, 57, 10, pp. 1997-2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0277-9536(03)00078-9  

 

Quah, Stella R. and Slikkerveer, L. Jan, eds. (2003) Traditional Healing Systems: Negotiating Science and Technology Challenges. Leiden, Netherlands: Leiden Ethnosystems and Development Programme, Institute of Cultural Studies, Leiden University. 154 pp. Editor and contributor.

 

Straughan, P., Quah, S.R. and Seow, A. (2003) "Tradition in the midst of modernity: Pragmatism and the health-seeking behaviour of Singaporeans." In S.R. Quah and L.J. Slikkerveer, eds., Traditional Healing Systems: Negotiating Science and Technology Challenges. Leiden, Netherlands; LEAD, Leiden University, pp. 95-107

 

Seow, A., Quah, Stella R., Nyam, D., Straughan, P., Chua, T., and Aw, T.C. (2002) "Food Groups and the risk of colorectal carcinoma in an Asian population,"  Cancer, 95 (11): 2390-2396. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cncr.10971

 

Quah, Stella R. (1993) "Ethnicity, Health Behavior and Modernization: The Case of Singapore." In P. Conrad and E.B. Gallagher, eds., Health and Health Care in Developing Countries. Sociological Perspectives. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, pp. 78-107.

 

Quah, Stella R. ed. (1989a) The Triumph of Practicality: Tradition and Modernity in Health Care Utilization in Selected Asian Countries. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 196pp. Editor and contributor. https://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/publication/523

 

Quah, Stella R. (1989b) "The Triumph of Practicality". In S.R. Quah, ed. The Triumph of Practicality: Tradition and Modernity in Health Care Utilization in Selected Asian Countries. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies [ISEAS], 1-18. 

 

Quah, Stella R. (1989c) "The Best Bargain: Medical Options in Singapore". In Stella R. Quah, ed. The Triumph of Practicality: Tradition and Modernity in Health Care Utilization in Selected Asian Countries. Singapore: ISEAS, 122-159.

 

Quah, Stella R. (1989d) "Confirming the Triumph of Practicality". In S. R. Quah, ed. The Triumph of Practicality: Tradition and Modernity in Health Care Utilization in Selected Asian Countries. Singapore: ISEAS, 180-195.

 

Quah, Stella R. and Li, Jing-wei (1989d) "Marriage of Convenience: Traditional and Modern Medicine in the People's Republic of China". In Stella R. Quah, ed. The Triumph of Practicality: Tradition and Modernity in Health Care Utilization in Selected Asian Countries. Singapore: ISEAS, 19-42.

 

Quah, Stella (1981) "Current status of health behaviour research in Singapore". In WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Proceedings. Working Group on Research in Health Education in Family Health. Manila: WHO, 39-44

 

Quah, Stella R. (1979) Socioeconomic Variations in the Perception of Side-effects of Contraceptives. Singapore: SEAPRAP Research Report No. 34. 67pp.

 

KEYWORDS: gender, preventive health behavior, healing roles

 

Quah, Stella R. (2014) “Healing and gender roles”. In W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah, eds, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behaviour and Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2: 751-756. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs018

 

Quah, Stella R. (1990) "Gender Roles, Family Roles and Health Behaviour: Pursuing the Hidden Link", Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, 18, 2, 51-69.  

 

Quah, Stella (1987) "Gender and Disease Prevention in Singapore". In E. Isomura et.al, eds., Proceedings 2nd Asian Conference on Health & Medical Sociology. Tokyo: The Japanese Society of Health and Medical Sociology, 136-141

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KEYWORDS: health policy, health services accessibility, policy intervention

 

Quah, Stella R. (2014) “Singapore health care delivery system”. In W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah, eds, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behaviour and Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2: 848-856. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs016

 

Carrin, G., Buse, K., Heggenhougen, H.K., and Quah, S.R., (eds), (2009) Health Systems Finance, Policy and Organization. London and San Diego, CA: Elsevier. http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123750877&pagenamesearch

 

Quah, Stella R. (1992) "Social and Ethical Aspects of Organ Donation," Transplantation Proceedings, 24, 5, 2097-20-98.

 

Quah, Stella R. (1992) "AIDS and us: Are we Failing to Prevent a Highly Preventable Disease? Singapore Medical Journal, 33, 5, 484-488.  http://smj.sma.org.sg/3305/3305a10.pdf    

 

Quah, Stella R. (1989) "The Patient's Right to Know: Some Sociological Considerations", Singapore Medical Journal, 30, 2, 184-188.  http://smj.sma.org.sg/3002/3002a13.pdf 

 

Quah, Stella R. (1988) "Private Choices and Public Health: A Case of Policy Intervention in Singapore", Asian Journal of Public Administration, 10, 2 (December), 207-224.

 

Quah, Stella R. (1981) "Health Policy and Traditional Medicine in Singapore", Social Science & Medicine, 15A, 2, 149-156.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0277-9536(85)90112-1

 

Quah, Stella (1977a) "Accessibility of Modern and Traditional Health Services in Singapore", Social Science & Medicine, 11, 5, 333- 340. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0037-7856(77)90191-3

 

 
 
Concepts and theories on health

 

KEYWORDS: concepts, theories, culture, health policy, health education, health-related stigma, pragmatic acculturation, rationalization of health care, mixed utilization of health services, illness behavior, health care delivery system

 

Quah, Stella R. (2017) “Health-related stigma” International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd ed. Oxford: Academic Press, Volume 3, 508-511. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803678-5.00197-1

 

Quah, Stella R. (2015) "Pragmatic Acculturation". In G. Ritzer (Ed), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781405165518.wbeosp128.pub2

 

Quah, Stella R. (2014) “Health and culture”. In W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah, eds, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2: 926-934. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs012

See the extended version of this article in: Quah, Stella R. (2010) “Health and Culture”. In William C. Cockerham, ed., The New Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology. London: Blackwell, pp. 27-46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444314786.ch2

 

Quah Stella R. (2014) “Rationalization”. In W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah, eds, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 4: 2046-2051. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs019

 

Quah, Stella R. (2014) “Mixed utilization of medical systems”. In W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah, eds, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 3: 1438-1444. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs014 

 

Quah, Stella R. (2014) “Illness behaviour”. In W.C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall and S.R. Quah, eds, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behaviour and Society. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 3: 1209-1214. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs024

 

Quah, Stella (1998) "Ethnicity, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Public Health Education," International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 18, 7, 1-26

Quah, Stella R. (1986) "Social science and illness prevention: Overview of the Health Belief Model", Journal of Social and Economic Studies, 3, 4, 345-357.

Quah, Stella R. (1985a) "Self-medication in Singapore" Singapore Medical Journal, 26, 2, 123-129. http://smj.sma.org.sg/2602/2602smj2.pdf 

 

Quah, Stella R. (1985b) "The Health Belief Model and Preventive health behaviour in Singapore", Social Science & Medicine, 21, 3, 351-363. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0277-9536(85)90112-1

 

Quah, Stella (1977b) "Self-medication: A Neglected Dimension of Health Behaviour", Sociological Symposium, 19, Summer, 20-36.

Quah, Stella R. (1985a) "Self-medication in Singapore" Singapore Medical Journal, 26, 2, 123-129. http://smj.sma.org.sg/2602/2602smj2.pdf 

Quah, Stella R. (1985b) "The Health Belief Model and Preventive health behaviour in Singapore", Social Science & Medicine, 21, 3, 351-363. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0277-9536(85)90112-1

Quah, Stella (1977b) "Self-medication: A Neglected Dimension of Health Behaviour", Sociological Symposium, 19, Summer, 20-36.