medical model of health

medical model of health

A health model and philosophy which is based on the premise that all diseases have a biological cause which, with focused biomedical and pharmaceutical research, will lead to an understanding of their mechanism and an evidence-based treatment by physical or chemical intervention.
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The medical model of health has shaped registered dietitians' (RDs') professional practice in Canada and other nations, situating the majority in clinical counselling settings.
Current training programs based on a medical model of health therefore must evolve to reflect our changing understanding of how health is created and maintained.
The medical model of health care does not incorporate considerations of the psychosocial aspects of treatment (Andrist, 1997; Bird & Rieker, 1999).
Historically, the field of genetic counseling has relied upon the medical model of health and disease (Patterson & Satz, 2002).
Within the medical model of health and disease, health is characterized as the normative functioning of biological systems, and disease is seen as the sub-normative functioning of biological systems.
However, it becomes increasingly clear that the DALY concept that is so far based on the purely medical model of health and disease is flawed.
Despite this, the medical model of health has become well accepted by society.

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