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MDCN 340: Community Correlation

The goal of this component is for students to apply the knowledge gained in the fall to the exploration of the context of an individual’s life and the influences on his or her health.


Each tab on this guide focuses on one group. These tabs contain organizations, videos, scholarly and non-scholarly work that may be useful to you as you interview your participants and start formulating your own ideas of the issues at play. In addition to medical information, I've provided you with an interdiscplinary look at each section. 

Populations are complex, and are shaped by social, political, cultural and religious constructs - so a variety of different viewpoints are provided here. Naturally there will be content overlap between the sections, so I would encourage you to take a look at the other pages on this guide. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like me to post a resource to the guide.

The information provided here is just a starting point for you, so if you need help finding more information please do not hesitate to contact me and we'll work on your idea together.

Ethnographic Inquiry

All ethnographic inquiry resources courtesy of Dr. Bill McKellin, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia.

Bury, M. (1982) Chronic illness as biographical disruption. Sociology of Health and Illness. 4(2): 167-182.

Agar, M.H., Hobbs, J.R. (1985) How to grow schemata out of interviews. In Dougherty, J.W.D. (Ed.) Directions in Cognitive Anthropology. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. 413-431

Shapiro, J. (1983) Family reactions and coping strategies in response to the physically ill or handicapped child: a review. Social Science and Medicine. 17(14): 913-931.

Listening, Storytelling and Narrative Medicine

Geriatric Nursing, Volume 31, Issue 1, January–February 2010, Pages 58-62
Ethel Mitty

Medical residents’ use of narrative templates in storytelling and diagnosis Original Research Article
Social Science & Medicine, Volume 73, Issue 6, September 2011, Pages 873-881
Nancy H.M. Davenport

The Program in Narrative Medicine: Mindful Storytelling and Listening Transform Patient Care  Alternative and Complementary Therapies. December 2011, 17(6): 330-333. Hart,Jane. doi:10.1089/act.2011.17607

Being an Advocate

Campbell, R.M. (2012) Turning research into art. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 185(1): 64-65.

Meurer, L. N., Young, S. A., Meurer, J. R., Johnson, S. L., Gilbert, I. A., & Diehr, S. (2011). The urban and community health pathway: Preparing socially responsive physicians through community-engaged learning. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41(4), S228-S236.

Stafford, S, Sedlak, T, Fok, MC & Wong RY. Evaluation of resident attitudes and self-reported competencies in health advocacy. BMC Medical Education. 2010; 10(1): 82.


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