The Importance of Multidisciplinary Health Research Highlighted in JAMA Letter

By | December 15, 2010

In a recent letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Adam Perzynski, PhD, commented on the importance of the social and behavioral sciences to the goals of improving health and developing new treatments for disease. “These disciplines frequently are overlooked in the enthusiastic search for molecular and genomic solutions”, said Dr. Persynski, a medical sociologist in the Center. “Collectively, human behavior and environmental factors – factors in the domains of social scientists such as sociologists and economists – contribute more than half of the modifiable risks to early death and disability”, said Randall D. Cebul, MD, Center Director. “To most effectively address the health of populations, researchers and policymakers must proactively work across disciplinary boundaries.” (posted 12/2010) Adam Perzynski, PhD, Journal of the American Medical Association