ResearchThe general opinion of most physicians is that any complex system like the human body, can be best associated through knowledge of its most elementary parts. However, sometimes a more holistic approach needs to be taken. There are certain parameters which define well being – psychological, social and cultural determinants, which taken together can portray the health of an entire community.
In developing countries where even access to the most basic health care facilities is lacking, research sometimes has to take on the role of spreading awareness. Such research can be directed towards rural areas where it can benefit the masses directly, rather than waiting for the trickle down benefits of technology to reach a rural community.
For instance, the King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM), Pune continues research work in rural areas with programmes like family planning and abortion in rural India, pregnancy, and other ailments of the rural poor. The continuance of such research is instrumental in spreading awareness both within the rural and urban populace.