The Role of Socio-Behavioral Scientists in Health Care Practice
Social Science and Medicine. 1987; 25(6): 679-687.
This paper attempts to analyse some of the complex problems that face primary health care practice in the developed world today. These are shown to be a degree of depersonalisation, that has come with greater efficiency, and a reduction in the quality of the doctor-patient relationship, which has accompanied increased medical effectiveness....All these inter-related problems have to be viewed against a background of shortage of resource which demand a far more stringent system of accountability...A possible solution lies in redefining the traditional medical role and the philosophical basis which underlies that role at a time when primary health care is confronted by the special problems of the AIDS pandemic...It is suggested that a most important role of socio-behavioural scientists lies in helping the medical profession to remove the attitudinal and educational barriers which prevent the realisation of the concept of a new sort of doctor....
Accountability; Aids; Autonomy; Biomedical Technologies; Communication; Economics; Education; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Education; Interdisciplinary Communication; International Aspects; Illness; Medical Ethics; Medical Records; Medicine; Paternalism; Patients; Peer Review; Physician Patient Relationship; Preventive Medicine; Primary Health Care; Professional Patient Relationship; Records; Resource Allocation; Review; Self Induced Illness; Socioeconomic Factors; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Values;
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