A new ‘social science’ medicine
Internal medicine boards are increasingly moving away from traditional models and towards social science models, a new study suggests.
Key points:Social science and internal medicine are often linked to less effective outcomesMore than half of internal medicine boards in the US and Europe have already moved away from a traditional modelBozeman, Montana, internal medicine board was the first in the country to implement social science-based practice guidelines in April”In a large proportion of our practice, the majority of our patients were being treated with a new technology that is new to us,” Dr. Joseph Nadelmann, the director of the Center for the Study of Health in the United States, told ABC News.
“The technology is very, very, new.
It’s very new to me and I think it’s been incredibly helpful to our patients.
I think that’s been very beneficial for us.”
Dr. Nadelman said he hopes the change in how doctors interact with patients will make them more comfortable with their work.
“It is very difficult to change a culture where we believe the culture is the right one and we do what is right,” he said.
“We don’t want to just get rid of a culture but we want to make it better.
We want to change how we treat the patients, how we communicate with our patients.”‘
We have to change the way we treat patients’A survey of board members at several U.S. internal medicine practices, conducted by the center in 2015, found that nearly half of board-members were in favor of the use of social science and health information technology (HIT) as the primary means of treating patients.
But, according to Dr. Nadermann, those results were not representative of internal health practices nationwide.
“In our practice at the center, there was not a lot of support for the use and adoption of social scientific methods,” he explained.
“There was some disagreement as to whether it would be beneficial for our practice and it was definitely not in our guidelines.”
Dr Nadelmans report was published this week in the journal Health Communication.
In the study, the researchers asked participants to complete questionnaires and rate their understanding of various health topics.
They also conducted surveys to gauge how members of the medical staff were perceived and what they would do differently if they had a better understanding of patients.
“One of the things that I really wanted to see was the use in our practice of a social science approach,” Dr Nadelmen said.
“It was really, really important for us to understand what that means and what we could do better.”
He added that the practice of social scientists can be helpful for internal medicine because it is based on the belief that patients have a shared set of values and needs that are shared.
“If we can talk to the patients about their health, and we can understand how they are feeling, and understand their emotional state, then we can really help them,” he told ABCNews.com.
“You know, maybe we can get them the right medicine that’s going to help them feel better, so that’s a good thing.”
But, it can also be a big problem when we have to treat patients in different ways, because there are some patients who really don’t have the resources or the experience to do that.
“Dr Joseph Naderman, director of UCLA’s Center for Research on Public Health, talks about the importance of social sciences and internal health in internal medicine practice.
He said the change is needed to help patients better understand the disease process and what is expected from them.ABC News’ Kristina Bixler contributed to this report.