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).This deficiency must be borne in mind when considering the behavioral aspects of patients and the collective, relational, social systems that they live in.
Historically, the field of genetic counseling has relied upon the medical model of health
and disease (Patterson & Satz, 2002).
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.