Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 3

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Sociology of Medicine and Healthcare Introduction to Topics in Medical Sociology Class Lecture # 3 1/29/09 I. Organization of Healthcare Providers Education and training of physicians, nurses, physicians o Medical students are over worked and underpaid 1989 reduced to 120 hours a week 25% of med students work more than 80 hours a week Many become sleep deprived and make mistakes o Professional relationships among health care providers Doctors depend on nurses to provide assistance o Factors that interfere with their working together Status/ money ( nurses/doctors) Doctor vs. Doctor status II. Sociology of the hospital Very complex social organization o Medical hierarchy o Business hierarchy Businesses want to save money and doctors want money for new machines to help patients Different types of hospitals with different rules o Public Owned by community Have to accept everyone Most are non-profit o Private Can reject patients
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