Ideas for a Dissertation on Health and Social Care

Posted date: August 17, 2017

1.1 Introduction to Dissertation on Health and Social Care

Study programs on health and social care are usually multi-disciplinary and focused on providing the student with an academic degree in this subject area. The subject itself belongs to the social sciences discipline. Unlike other disciplines where training is more clinical, the study of health and social care is focused on social interactions and experiences, and getting to understand health care and social care. This includes evaluating and assessing important evidence and trends, running evaluation and monitoring programs, informing, managing and delivering health and social care services. Research efforts in this field are mostly concentrated on the real-life requirements of social groups and communities.

Below is a list of possible research areas within the field of health and social care:

1.2 Lists and Categories of Dissertation Topics/Titles

Given that the field of health and social care can be a subjective one, research in this field often gives rise to debate in relation to the methodological and ethical challenges faced by researchers and practitioners. Aside from the different research methodologies that are frequently used, some of the main areas of research tends to include a) the policies and systems used to provide health care and social care, b) issues concerning children and young people, c) care for the elderly, d) violence, e) substance and alcohol abuse, f) physical and mental well-being, and g) the right to good healthcare. Here is a list of possible topics/titles related to the above area that you can use as the basis for your research paper or dissertation.

2.1 Research Methodologies

2.1.1   The challenges surrounding health and social care from an ethical perspective

2.1.2   The methodological and ethical challenges related to undertaking primary research on people with mental and physical health issues

2.1.3   An exploration of epistemological and ontological views in terms of conducting research in social sciences fields

2.2 Child-Related Problems – Abuse and/or Maltreatment of Children

2.2.1   How abuse or maltreatment affects a child or adolescent’s development. Provide an outline or corrective strategy for use in underdeveloped countries/societies

2.2.2   Preventing child bullying and possible strategies for intervening in the case of disabled children. Discuss the best methods for assessing prevalence, identifying risk factors, and developing protective measures

2.2.3   Violence towards and neglect of hyperactive children. Explore the prevalence of these problems

2.2.4   Discuss the effects of ethnic and racial discrimination against the children of minority groups (in heterogeneous societies) and how these issues affect child development

2.2.5   The primary causes of child neglect. Undertake a comprehensive review of existing literature to describe the risk factors, intervention options, and possible protective measures

2.3 Poverty, Inequality, Social Justice, and Social Services

2.3.1   Discuss modern-day inequalities in society and the environmental risks to citizens’ health

2.3.2   Explore the social habits that primarily contribute to environmental health risks with specific reference to high-risk groups in underdeveloped countries – choose a particular country if you wish

2.3.3   Discuss pension service reforms in China or in any country that is currently reforming its social care systems/services

2.3.4   Conduct a detailed study of any charitable organizations currently providing social and health care services in a developing country such as Pakistan or other similar country

2.3.5   Consider the effects of ethnic and racial discrimination in India with specific reference to minority groups. Say how healthcare discrepancies can increase risk

2.3.6   How sustainable is the UK’s current healthcare system (the NHS) in terms of financial viability? What policy changes would you recommend?

2.3.7   Undertake a feasibility study on the viability of developing an e-learning system – something similar to e-bay - for delivering learning services to disabled people

2.3.8   Describe how social policies in the UK have changed over the course of history. Review and analyze available literature

2.4 Age Discrimination (Ageism)

2.4.1   Describe how modern technologies have impacted people’s social lives with particular reference to the effects on the older generation

2.4.2   Discuss the financial viability and general sustainability of providing health and social care services to an ageing population in countries such as the UK or USA

2.5 Substance or Drug Abuse

2.5.1   Identify any measures that may reduce or minimize recidivism in patients who abuse harmful substances e.g. drugs

2.5.2   What strategies are likely to reduce or minimize recidivism following a patient’s rehabilitation for substance abuse? Review various case studies where intervention has proved successful              

2. 6 Right to Good Healthcare

2.6.1   Review safety management and occupational health systems as these apply in workplaces in underdeveloped countries. In particular, discuss the risks in workplaces where health and safety regulations are not mandatory or applied

2.6.2   What factors influence the almost-global prescription prevalence among doctors

2.6.3   Evaluate the ethical issues surrounding the marketing practices employed by pharmaceutical companies

2.6.4   Explore the concept that employee health, well-being, physiology, and behavior is connected to the design of their workplace and, specifically, whether or not exposure to greenery has a positive impact

2.7 Physical and Mental Health/Wellbeing

2.7.1   Evaluate some of life changes people undergo after becoming physically impaired with particular focus on those who develop a positive outlook and role in society post-impairment

2.7.2   Explore the emotional, intellectual, social and physical benefits of creative play for children with disabilities

2.7.3   Examine the journey an athlete makes to participate in Paralympic games

2.7.4   Provide an overview of any available literature on the best methods or ways to teach social skills to autistic children or those with Asperger’s

2.7.5   Explore the notion that people who live in polluted or unpleasant conditions are more at risk of developing personality orders. Are these two factors linked?

2.7.6   Discuss depression as a global concern. Analyze the most common causes of depression?

2.7.7   Examine the stigma associated with depression. Evaluate societal attitudes and perceptions towards the root causes of this illness and whether, in turn, this prevents or affects the attitudes of people seeking treatment

2.8 Immigration Policies

2.8.1   Discuss how social and economic policies impact the children of immigrant populations in the United Arab Emirates, in particular the impact on child development

2.8.2   Assess the methods by which health and social care is provided to immigrant workers in the United Arab Emirates

2.9 Violence against Women and at an Interpersonal Level

2.9.1   Describe the primary causes of domestic violence in the UK or USA and violence against women in general in the modern age

2.9.2   Discuss the consequence of allowing domestic violence to become “normal” with particular reference to mental and social development

2.9.3   Describe how gender inequality or discrimination can impact young girls and their development in societies that are traditionally conservative

2.9.4   Discuss the reintegration challenges that soldiers face on returning from conflict zones. What social care policy changes would you recommend?

2.10 Youth Problems

2.10.1   Discuss youth-related violence in the UK or USA (select your preference). Identify the risks and recommend preventative action

2.10.2   Explore the link between religion, gender and self-actualization in today’s youth and whether, in turn, these are linked to anxieties about death