Susan was admitted to hospital for a planned bi-lateral total knee replacement, she lived with her husband John who suffered from bipolar disorder. Susan enjoyed going to her local church every Sunday but had found it more difficult to do this recently due to her osteoarthritis, she had a close network of friends in church who had been taking her to the local supermarket as Susan could no longer drive due to the pain in her knees. Susan had been having difficulty walking due to the osteoarthritis in her knees for around 12 months, and during the past couple of months she was no longer able to leave the house without the aid of her walking frame, which she stated she did not like to use, stating that it made her feel too old, this will be discussed further during the essay. Everyday tasks such as cleaning and cooking were becoming increasingly difficult to carry out; her close friends had been coming to the house and helping out as often as they could.
Any names used during this essay will be fictitious to maintain confidentiality of the patient in accordance with the nursing and midwifery guidelines The code (2008).
Giddens (2009) provides the following general definition of sociology:
“Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, having as its subject matter our own behaviour as social beings. The scope of sociology is extremely wide, ranging from the analysis of