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Health Agencies Update
April 28, 2004

Medical School Curricula

JAMA. 2004;291(16):1951. doi:10.1001/jama.291.16.1951-d

A new Institute of Medicine report calls for changes in the medical school curriculum to give students a better understanding of the social and behavioral factors that may affect the care and treatment of their patients (http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10956.html). Research has shown, for example, that psychological and social factors influence chronic disease risk and recovery, and that harmful behaviors such as smoking can have adverse effects on such illnesses as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

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