Honors Theses

Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

John Green

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to use the concept of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model and the case of the community health center (CHC) to explore social interaction and trust between patients and medical providers. While the PCMH model is being championed as revolutionizing and improving healthcare delivery, little evidence has yet to support the formation of basic social and health mechanisms, such as trust, that would result in positive health outcomes. The model's guidelines focus more on healthcare organization and information technology than developing interpersonal relationships and adapting services to meet the specific needs of diverse populations. Utilizing participant observation and informal interviews, qualitative evidence suggests that context-specific details may have more impact on healthcare delivery than methods currently addressed in the PCMH guidelines themselves.

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