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1 Introduction
Pages 15-19

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... . A sedentary lifestyle, along with poor dietary habits, has also been associated with increased risk of heart disease, as well as a myriad of other adverse health conditions, and may soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death (Graves and Miller, 2003; Mokdad et al., 2004; Morsiani et al., 1985; U.S.
From page 16...
... Although the scientific evidence linking biological, behavioral, psychological, and social variables to health, illness, and disease is impressive, the translation and incorporation of this knowledge into standard medical practice appear to have been less than successful. To make measurable improvements in the health of Americans, physicians must be equipped with the knowledge and skills from the behavioral and social sciences needed to recognize, understand, and effectively respond to patients as individuals, not just to their symptoms.
From page 17...
... A unified approach that is more inclusive than both the biomedical and biopsychosocial models is needed as a curricular framework for medical education (see Figure 1-1 for an example of such a model)
From page 18...
... Applying the behavioral and social sciences to medicine should not be a marginal effort, but a part of mainstream medical education. STUDY ORIGIN AND TASKS AND ORGANIZATION OF THE REPORT This study was undertaken to enhance the behavioral and social sciences in medical school curricula in response to a request from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
From page 19...
... Chapter 2 reviews and describes currently available information on the incorporation of the behavioral and social sciences into undergraduate medical education. Included is a brief historical overview of curriculum changes in medical schools.

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