Recently, I was watching this TED Talk by Dr. Rishi Manchanda, which emphasized the importance of asking patients about their living conditions and overall environment, because many of these factors can affect their health. He called this approach the “upstreamist” way of thinking and now it serves health care in such a beneficial way.
As we come to think of it now, people are more concerned with receiving immediate care for their illnesses than actually taking the time to dig deeper into the root cause of the problem. Although factors like genetics play a huge role in illnesses, there are also many environmental triggers involved. Check out the “Upstreamist” website and the TED Talk on it. It will definitely make an impact on how you view the medical field.