MERIT Rounds - Mapping the influence of sociocultural factors on decision-making (Dr. Renate Kahlke)


Start 19 October, 2021, 5 PM

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When it's hard to do what's right: Mapping the influence of sociocultural factors on
decision-making in clinical contexts

Everyone experiences moments when they feel challenged to do what they think is best – they might stay silent when they feel they ought to speak up, or do what everyone else is doing rather than what they feel is “best practice.” Decisions in these moments are influenced by myriad factors that aren’t easily identified, even (or especially) by the individual making them. Drawing on Dr. Kahlke's research on trainees’ health advocacy, this presentation discusses the ways that sociocultural analyses can be used to better understand the clinical contexts and factors that influence these decisions among trainees and clinicians. 


Dr. Renate Kahlke is a new Scientist at MERIT and Assistant Professor in the Deptartment of Medicine at McMaster University. Her research uses qualitative and sociocultural approaches to understand the social and systemic factors that influence decision-making and individual agency in clinical learning and practice.

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