The Department of Social Medicine is committed to teaching, research, and service that addresses the social dimensions of health, illness, and doctoring. Our department, housed within the UNC School of Medicine, is unique in its disciplinary diversity. Social Medicine faculty encompass an extraordinary range of fields in the humanities, social sciences, and clinical medicine.
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1 month ago
Jeffrey Sonis publishes in Psychiatry Research: Which Is More Effective for Treating PTSD: Medication, or Psychotherapy?
Which Is More Effective for Treating PTSD: Medication, or Psychotherapy? A systematic review and meta-analysis led by Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, of UNC’s departments of social medicine and family medicine, finds there is insufficient evidence at present to answer that question. Clinicians should make shared decisions with patients about treatment, and they should not rely …
2 months ago
Giselle Corbie-Smith launches podcast: A Different Kind of Leader
A Different Kind of Leader” where we capture insights from diverse leaders in health care, public health, and academic settings so that our organizations are in a stronger position to grow, innovate, and meet the challenges of our day. https://www.buzzsprout.com/808817
2 months ago
Jeffrey Sonis publishes study in PlosOne: Approval Processes for Clinical Practice Guidelines Introduce Potential Conflicts of Interest, Review Finds
The study led by UNC’s Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, in the departments of social medicine and family medicine, finds that most of the approval processes used by medical specialty societies in the U.S. have the potential to undermine editorial independence of the guideline development committee. http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2020/february/approval-processes-for-clinical-practice-guidelines-introduce-potential-conflicts-of-interest-review-finds?utm_source=vs-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0229004
3 months ago
Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein: Documenting and Addressing the Health Impacts of Carceral Systems
AJPH special issue on mass incarceration as a driver of health inequities. No other industrialized democracy has a carceral system that is as expansive, punitive, and racialized as that of the United States. More than 2.2 million people in 2018 were incarcerated in jails and prisons, a sixfold increase since the 1970s. Each year more …