Mental Models of Health and Healthcare
Modern biology, physiology, and anatomy have done wonders for our understanding of disease. New techniques in radiology allow visualization of even minor anatomical defects. Contemporary laboratory methods offer advanced diagnoses of countless major and minor illnesses. The scientific basis for understanding disease has never been better. In the last decade, our insights into the basic mechanisms of disease have advanced at an incredible pace, and there is every reason to believe that the breadth and depth of our understanding will continue to grow at an extremely rapid rate.
Beliefs about the basis of disease guide decisions about medical intervention. But they also influence personal health decisions and public-health policies, investment and research agendas in private corporations and academic institutions, and government funding as well as donations to charities for a wide variety of healthcare delivery and medical research programs. Our beliefs about or mental representations of...
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