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Incorporation of social sciences and humanities in the training of health professionals and practitioners in other ways of knowing

Incorporation of social sciences and humanities in the training of health professionals and practitioners in other ways of knowing

Moreno Leguizamon, Carlos J., Patterson, Jennifer J. and Gómez Rivadeneira, Alexander (2015) Incorporation of social sciences and humanities in the training of health professionals and practitioners in other ways of knowing. Research and Humanities in Medical Education, 2. pp. 18-23. ISSN 2350-0565 (Online)

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Abstract

It would appear that education in health sciences is currently focused primarily on instilling effective scientific, cognitive and technical competencies in health professionals and practitioners; it is not according the same level of importance to personal, relational, ethical and moral competencies. This review supports the quest for greater balance in biomedical and healthcare education by incorporating social sciences and humanities. It also argues that this is an urgent teaching and training task, especially in the developing world (Africa, Latin America and Asia). It is of critical importance to understand that matters of health and disease/illness are not only about the ‘disease in the body’ but also about the ‘disease in the body of the person suffering’, and that these two ways of knowing (epistemologies) or world-views have different implications in the health sciences education process. Lastly, as an ethics of care, the understandings afforded by these more inclusive approaches of the social sciences and humanities should not be a privilege confined to medical schools.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; Asia; Education, Medical; Education, Nursing; Epistemology; Health Sciences; Humanities; Latin America; Social Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 08:40
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15471

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