Medical Anthropology complements clinical evidence by providing a deeper understanding of the genuine limitations of patients' conditions and their impact on quality of life.
By considering patients' cultural and individual contexts and their emotions, we can better comprehend how these factors influence health outcomes. Our approach not only generates new evidence regarding patients' experiences within the care process but also informs the development of improved interventions, drives new research avenues, amplifies the patient voice, and enhances overall patient experience.
Medical Anthropology - The Missing Piece
According to Dr. Comin-Colet, "We've been talking about patient-centric medicine for a long time, but we're still using the questions from a medical-centric system". Medical Anthropology serves as a bridge to achieve a holistic perspective that genuinely fosters patient centricity.
- Clinical Trials: objective (usually quantitative) evaluation of safety and effectiveness of treatments -- WHAT is the biological impact
- PROMs: subjective (yet quantitative) evaluation of patients' symptoms, experiences and perceptions -- WHAT is the emotional impact
- Medical Anthropology: subjective (qualitative) understanding of what drives patients' perceptions and behaviors -- the WHY.
Evaluate safety and effectiveness of treatments
Understand symptoms, experiences and perceptions related to the health condition or treatment
Understand which outcomes matter the most to patients and what drives their behaviors
WHAT - biological impact
WHAT - emotional impact
WHY - holistic impact