sick role

(noun) “[T]he pattern of expectations that define appropriate¬†behavior for the sick and for those who take care of them”¬†(OpenStax College 2012).

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  • Plural: sick roles

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OpenStax College. 2012. Theoretical Perspectives on Health and Medicine. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42934/1.2/).

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