What I would like to describe is the gamma gamma part, because I don’t know a lot of this subject. That’s why I think this will be very interesting for me to study and it will broaden my knowledge. Gamma gamma are the ones that study social appearances, anthropology and psychology. From my own background (medicine) we will have to deal with this field, but very superficial. Medicine is in my opinion a beta study (but some people think different about this). And because we experience medicine as a beta study, we see other specialties, like psychology as abstract. It’s a shame that we think like this, but it is caused by the way we are being educated; everything has to be substantiated with scientific research. Before I started studying medicine, I did believe in the homeopathic healthcare, but when I think about it now, I have my doubts about the efficacy of these treatments. (Unless the whole homeopathic medicine works on the placebo effect).
To get back to the gamma gamma part, on my internship on a department for dialyses, there also was a social worker. Sometimes I doubt the usefulness of her job, because it seems like she’s only supporting the nurses in giving patients personal attention. This is true of course, but the social worker also has her own tasks and she does add something to the healthcare. To determine what she contributes, I decided to describe the gamma gamma part.
Like I said before, the gamma gamma part exist out of the people that study social appearances, anthropology , political science, demographics , sociology and psychology; or with other words the social science. Social science is a major branch, concerned with society and the relationships among individuals within society.
Anthropology is the science of totality of human existence, in which the social sciences, humanities (studies local traditions, through their history, literature, music and arts) and human biology is being dealed with.
Sociology is the discipline that studies the social behaviour, it’s origin, development, organisation and institutions. It uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis, which is used to develop more knowledge about social order and disorder. The discipline also focuses on policies for example made by the government
Also the social services are part of the gamma discipline. The aim of social workers is to give people the chance to grow in their social environment, and get everything they need. In the healthcare system social workers are meant to support patients and help them decide and understand the treatment. They are important for the mental wellness of patients, and stimulate a quicker recovering of the patients.
Psychology is the discipline that tells about the mental functions and behaviours. Psychology has the immediate goal of understanding individuals and groups. In the healthcare system psychologist are important, because they also have a part in deciding whether a patient is legally capable, or not. This is very important for the decisions about possible treatments for the patient, or the admission of the patient into a facility. Furthermore the psychologist is also important for a couple of mental disorders, like hypochondriasis, and other social anxiety disorders.
My conclusion is, that the gamma discipline does fulfil an important function in the health care system, they are not to be missed, and contribute to a better well-being of the patient.