Meta PHoDcast #19: Irena Makivić, sociologist

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Sociologist Irena Makivić talks about studying the biopsychosocial approaches of family physicians. #MetaPHoDcast

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IRENA MAKIVIĆ is an analytical sociologist and a Junior Researcher at the Chair of Family Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. Her research focuses on studying the attitude of family physicians towards patients – she wants to know whether they take a holistic, i.e. biopsychosocial approach. Despite the fact that this approach is a must in theory, Irena Makivić is aware of its limitations, ranging from the physician’s character and the unpopularity of family medicine among physicians to a system in which a patient has on average a mere seven minutes to consult with a physician. Irena has been developing a method that will make it possible to determine whether physicians take a strictly biomedical approach or consider psychosocial sensibility to be a job requirement. Despite the study’s apparent significance for the medical profession and the general public as such, it may not be possible to carry out the study without some “reward” for participating physicians…. Irena also practices and teaches yoga and swears by a vibrant lifestyle and a healthy diet.


Author: LUKA AUSEC, holds a doctorate in biosciences and can fluently read DNA – and sometimes literature. Enthusiastic about bending the body and the mind in all directions – and sometimes inwards. Enjoys spreading inspiring ideas – sometimes as tweets.


Translated by: Urša Klinc.

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