Translating social science concepts into medical education: A model and a curriculum

Patricia P. Rieker, James W. Begun

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Most serious efforts aimed at linking social and behavioral science knowledge to medicalpractice have included "models" which integrate social and behavioral science concepts. We argue that such an integration is intellectually problematic due to an important analytic distinction between "social" sciences and "psychological" sciences. If the social explanation of illness is to become useful in medical education, a distinctly social model is necessary for conceptual clarity and for guidance of course material selection and teaching format. We offer such a "social model of the illness process" which is useful for explicating the link between social science knowledge and medical practice and for organizing the knowledge for teaching in medical schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-612
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Science and Medicine. Part A Medical Psychology and Medical
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1980


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