Medical norms and medical innovation: adoption of genetic counselling and new drugs among primary care physicians

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This study analyses the different impact of physicians' traditional professional norms on their use of two innovations, genetic counselling and new drugs. These two medical innovations require rather different practice orientations, since the former (genetic counselling) necessitates a non-traditional preventive and psychosocial approach, while the latter (prescribing new drugs) can occur within a tradition interventionist treatment framework. It is hypothesized that acceptance of traditional norms will be positively correlated with use of new drugs, but negatively correlated with use of genetic counselling. Data obtained through mailed questionnaires received from 307 primary care physicians practising in or near Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, provide tentative support for the research hypothesis. The discussion suggests some dysfunctional aspects of traditional medical norms, and points to the need for futher research on the unanticipated consequences of that normative structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalSociology of Health and Illness
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1981

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Genetic Counseling
Primary Care Physicians
counseling
physician
innovation
drug
practice relevance
Pharmaceutical Preparations
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Research
acceptance
Physicians
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Therapeutics

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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