Friday, September 26, 2014

What Makes Us Get Sick? Look Upstream.


Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream" factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air.

In a TED talk, Manchanda tells that the doctors, nurses and other healthcare practitioners can take the role of upstreamists in the healthcare system. He empowers clinicians to think about—and treat—the social and environmental conditions that often underly sickness, and connect people to the resources they need outside the four walls of the clinic.

Source: TED

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