4304.0 Social Sciences in Health

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 2:30 PM
Social science in medicine serves the purpose of understanding the culture, language and beliefs of the patient in relation to their medical needs. These papers presented show that medical staff are able to overcome numerous barriers to care through educational and cultural training and sensitivity towards populations previously overlooked and underserved. Interventions and social science research have broken these areas which may have prevented a better quality of care towards an improved health care system. Concern for the individual patient in the line of duty calls for a certain level of understanding of their language and health beliefs. These papers show that improvements are possible if implemented with adequate care for the patient beyond the physical, prescription and follow up. Health disparity could be reduced with more involvement between staff and patient. Patient compliance may improve as a result of increased support and understanding. Staff can relate to cultural beliefs about medicine and traditional medical treatment.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe health screenings to determine quality of life, health beliefs, depression. 2. List health information directory with language appropriate services. 3. Formulate interventions/trainings/workshops to improve understanding of patients needs.

2:30 PM
Quality of Life among Patients with Hepatitis C: Examining its determinants among patients receiving care through the Chilean National Plan for Hepatitis C
Paula B. Repetto, PhD, Matias Gonzalez, MD, PhD, Alejandro Soza, MD, Sebastian Sanhueza, BA, Francisca Yuri, BA, Constanza Caneo, BA and Valeria Vargas
2:45 PM
Quantitative and qualitative findings and implications of an intercultural sensitivity assessment among employees at a large health system
Jarret R. Patton, MD, Jay Baglia, PhD, Lynn M. Deitrick, RN, PhD, Anthony Nerino, MA, Eric J. Gertner, MD, MPH, Judith N. Sabino, MPH, MaryKay Grim, BS and Debbie Salas-Lopez, MD, MPH
3:15 PM

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Organized by: Medical Care
Endorsed by: Epidemiology, Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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