medical model


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med·i·cal mod·el

a set of assumptions that views behavioral abnormalities in the same framework as physical disease or abnormalities.

medical model

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See Medical model of health.

Psychiatry
See Medical model of suicide.

med·i·cal mod·el

(med'i-kăl mod'ĕl)
The traditional approach to the diagnosis and treatment of illness as practiced by physicians in the Western world; focuses on the defect or dysfunction.

med·i·cal mod·el

(med'i-kăl mod'ĕl)
A set of assumptions that views behavioral abnormalities in the same framework as physical disease or abnormalities.
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The medical model is premised on the recognition of "gender identity disorder" (GID) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV) as a psychiatric condition that can be treated medically.
Quebec is currently debating a medical model to decriminalize euthanasia.
The key message that she draws from the research is that health professionals cannot simply assume that their advice is being understood the way they expect nor that it will lead to the behavior they hope, because social and cultural roles within the community affects the nature of communication with medical professionals, kinship and marriage practices may have an effect on what genetic knowledge will be shared and with whom, and perceptions and understandings of illness may not fit the medical model.
These goals reflect the medical model that the problem is "addiction," which is a "disease" that can be combated through treatment or prevented through vaccines.
It is huge, poorly funded, and generally not run on the medical model. Community mental health programs tend to be lead by nonpsychiatrists at non-university hospitals.
However, in light of the historical track record regarding many other pharmacologic/ medical model interventions, rather than having the last word on the subject it has been argued that the larger physician community has yet to redeem itself.
On Loss and Losing: Beyond the Medical Model of Personal Distress.
It was important for the new centre to develop a medical model appropriate to Bahrain's culture, he added.
Bahrain Union for the Disabled chairman Jassim Mohammed Seyadi said it was vital for the new centre to develop a medical model appropriate to Bahrain's culture.
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IN THE United States, primary care remains a medical model. This is in contrast to much of the world, where the 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata--which recognized that attaining health for all also requires interaction from social and economic sectors--is considered standard.
The field of special education is historically deeply rooted within the medical model which leads us to understand and treat human differences as dysfunctional, disordered, deficit based, and abnormal.

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