Elaine Denny is emeritus professor of health sociology at Birmingham City University. Her research interests focus around women as recipients and providers of health care, in particular reproductive health, and she has published work on women’s experience of IVF, the experience of endometriosis, and the occupation of nursing. She has conducted qualitative research within Health Technology Assessment funded randomized controlled trials on a variety of women’s health topics. With Sarah Earle, she co-edited the previous two editions of Sociology for Nurses, and with Ruth Deery and Gayle Letherby she co-edited Sociology for Midwives (Polity, 2015). She is currently on the editorial board of BJOG, An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Sarah Earle is associate dean for research in the Faculty of Health & Social Care at the Open University. Her research interests include reproductive and sexual health and the role of sociology within health- care education and practice. She has published widely in these fields and is the co-editor of Understanding Reproductive Loss: Perspectives on Life, Death and Fertility (Ashgate, 2012), with Carol Komaromy and Linda Layne, and sub-editor of the international journal Human Fertility. With Elaine Denny she co-edited the first two editions of Sociology for Nurses.
Alistair Hewison is senior lecturer and research lead for Nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of Birmingham. His current research and teaching activities are centred on the management and organization of care. He has served as principal investigator for several studies, including a large-scale NIHR-funded examination of service re-design in three acute NHS Trusts, and a number investigating the organization of end-of-life care services. He has an honorary contract with Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, where he is responsible for research development. With colleagues at the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham he is investigating the organizational factors which contribute to failures in nursing care, and was recently appointed to the advisory board of the prestigious Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He has written widely on health-care management and policy issues in papers published in scholarly journals and chapters in edited collections.