Research in the Economics and Sociology of Medical Care

A Point of View

Published in: The American Behavioral Scientist, v. 4, no. 6, Feb. 1961, p. 8-12

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1961

by Vaughn Davis Bornet

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The social scientist who ventures to research on aspects of medical care encounters many pitfalls. The term itself encompasses a range of topics, often controversial. The medical practitioner does not always take kindly to research on the economics, sociology, and politics of the total conditions in which medical care is provided, and may not be receptive to the results. The author's major premise is that objective research is not enough. Rather, the best research study is done by the researcher who knows what he does, why he does it, and the consequences that may flow from the deed. In light of this policy approach, some crucial issues and research opportunities are outlined.

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