internal solutions. In the solution-focused approach you identify what has worked before and you amplify that. This is opposed to a change approach that relies on external solutions, solutions that come from outside the system (individual or group) like following tips from someone else. The solution-focused approach has shown its use in therapy and coaching but also in organizational development. But can it even be useful in a medical setting? Maybe it can.
In the article Cold 'cure' on the horizon as scientists pinpoint body's natural defences a new approach to curing colds is described. Here is a quote from that article.
The team, including David Proud from the University of Calgary in Alberta and researchers at cold remedy maker Procter & Gamble Co, infected 35 people with human rhinovirus 16, which causes the common cold. Hours after infection, the researchers scraped a little bit of the lining from inside the volunteers' noses and analysed gene activity in the cells. ‘I think that is the ideal approach to trying to treat these viral infections. If you can find out what are the body's natural defences, can you either boost them or supplement them?’ Proud said. ‘The findings are important because they provide us with a blueprint for developing the ideal cold treatment: one that maintains the body's natural antiviral response while normalizing the inflammatory response,’ added P&G's Lynn Jump.
Do you see the parallel? These researchers go for what I call internal solutions, solutions that originate within the system and they then try to amplify them. I don't know what next step they envision. Will they make generic medicine based on what they learn from these studies or will they go even a step further (and thus make the process even more solution-focused) and help individuals by identifying their unique antiviral responses and make individualized treatment based on amplifying these?