The Health and Society research line collects the different skills present within the Institute that deal with the topic of health, understood as the complete state of physical, mental and social well-being.
The topics covered are:
· Epidemiological analysis the impact of tumors in industrialized countries, with particular reference to changes in risk factors, diagnostic procedures, surgical and pharmaceutical treatments, and the aging of the population;
· Study of the relationships between nutrition and diseases chronic-degenerative disabling, for the definition of a more suitable diet model for maintaining a good state of health, in particular for the implementation of a healthy lifestyle in the workplace;
· Application of the narrative medicine approach, methodology of clinical-assistance intervention that is based on a specific communicative competence, in order to identify a model aimed at reducing waste, consolidating the doctor-patient relationship, coordinating internal processes within the structures;
· Studies sociological of life practices which determine the state of well-being of the citizen, focusing on the living conditions of people and the determinants of health. Part of the studies are focused on prevention policies in the area of management of area plans;
· Analysis, design and development of information systems in the clinical setting with particular reference to: modeling of business processes, development of conceptual models based on clinical data standards, assessment of the quality of care and health services also through the secondary use of clinical data.
The activity makes use of both quantitative (statistical methods) and qualitative methods already known (ethnographic observation techniques, textual analysis, focus groups, validated questionnaires), or developed ad-hoc for the resolution of specific problems. The main methodologies for modeling both the dynamic and process aspects as well as the static and description aspects of the database model are also used, such as the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN).