Part of Dr. Aletha Maybank’s medical training left a sour taste in her mouth.

Her superiors told her not to worry about nonmedical issues affecting her patients’ quality of life, she said, because social workers would handle it. But she didn’t understand how physicians could divorce medical advice from the context of patients’ lives.

“How can you offer advice as recommendations that’s not even relevant to how their day-to-day plays out?” Maybank asked.

 

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