The biomedical model of health

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definition of medical model
absence of disease and functional fitness
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what services geared towards to?
sick and disabled people
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what little value does it place upon? elaborate on values
The holistic model. Doesn't cover social,psychological, environmental influences.
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why is a beneficial model for health professionals?
Because it is a modern way to diagnose and treat patients
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what are the main functions of this model?
It is remedial and curative to get people back to productive labour
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what framework is sickness and disease are based on? What does it emphasise?
The biological framework that emphasises the physical aspects of the condition
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what aspect is given high value?
High value is put on scientific methods of research and scientific knowledge
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What practice of care/experience is lower than scientific methods?
Evidence by lay people or produced by traditional experience generally has lower status of knowledge that modern "scientific" methods
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Name one strength of this model of health.
It is based on science therefore it is easy to record, monitor and measure progress in terms of deaths and recoveries, to save money.
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Name another strength of this model of health.
Evaluation of cost vs benefit can be done in a straightfoward way, so it is easier to cut out wasteful spending
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Name another strength of this model of health.
A high value is put on the provision of medical services
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Name another strength of this model of health.
It tackles the origin of disease ( pathogenic).Emphasising risk factors and establishing normalities and abnormalitie- good for evolving healthcare
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Name another strength of this model of health.
Provide medical professionals that you can trust
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Name another strength of this model of health.
Instant cure to system
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Name another strength of this model of health.
Health service is remedial and curative to get people back to productive labour
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Name one weakness of this model of health.
Failure to address long term well-being
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Name another weakness of this model of health.
Practices are based on "fit for work" criterion
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Name another weakness of this model of health.
little value on the holistic approach
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Name another weakness of this model of health.
Little values for traditional medicine and alternative therapies
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Name another weakness of this model of health.
People can suffer from institionalized and impersonal biomedical approach, and so may seek alternative therapies
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sick and disabled people

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what services geared towards to?

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The holistic model. Doesn't cover social,psychological, environmental influences.

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Because it is a modern way to diagnose and treat patients

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It is remedial and curative to get people back to productive labour

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Sam Morran

The medical model is something that people can find difficult.  This resource lays out quite a good synopsis and some key terms for learning it.

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