Theatre and Medicine? A seemingly odd combination at first glance, but a recent study suggests it may be a good idea. According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, doctors who participated in a series of theatre workshops improved their bedside manner and patient’s trust. A link to the story is below.
I think investigations into the interconnections and overlaps of medicine and other disciplines is the new frontier. Medical knowledge has increased in leaps and bounds; it is time for medical service to keep pace. We all know that medicine offers a lot of options and benefits for people, but the communication necessary to explain the options and benefits of modern medicine is lacking. The medical industry is a service industry, and as such the service aspect needs to be continually developed. Some areas I think where more research needs to be done is in the sociology of medicine and medical treatments, the psychology of illness, and in the legal ramifications of medical decisions.