The illness experience: state of knowledge and perspectives for research

Sociol Health Illn. 2003;25:4-22. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.t01-1-00337.


Over the last quarter of a century, research on the illness experience has thrived. Publications on this subject are reviewed in relation to three themes: subjectivity; coping actions and strategies for managing everyday life; and the social structure. Sociology of Health and Illness has contributed significantly to this field. In conclusion, research perspectives are suggested for tackling the problems in passing from a micro to a macro level of analysis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Chronic Disease / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Sociology, Medical*