medicalisation


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medicalisation

Medspeak
The shifting of the perception of benign states (e.g., mild anxiety, minimal elevation of blood pressure) to the perception that these states are in fact diseases requiring therapy.  

Psychiatry
Redefining to a behaviour as an illness or disease. 

Social medicine
A term for the erroneous tendency by society—often perpetuated by health professionals—to view effects of socioeconomic disadvantage as purely medical issues.
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According to Wardrope, medicalisation invariably entails that medical professionals individualise problems.
Medical control of deviant behaviour may have led to medicalisation of deviance.
The writer shows how the extreme medicalisation of end-of-life care--sometimes with neither doctor nor patient acknowledging what is actually happening--comes at the cost of dignity and meaning for the dying.
The following three chapters provide a detailed description of how the medicalisation of mental suffering has evolved, an approach which views patients as bearers of symptoms, as opposed to people with histories.
Mr Kimmage had been invited on the show to discuss a number of articles he'd recently written on what he calls "the medicalisation of the performance in rugby".
Q: Has the medicalisation of pregnancy made it difficult to raise the profile of maternal mental health?
This highlights what perhaps might be one of psychiatry's most important ethical responsibilities: How do we balance making sure that people get the treatment they need versus increasing medicalisation of our society?
L'atelier a egalement permis la reprise des travaux sur l'harmonisation de la medicalisation de la premiere ligne.
What has not improved markedly for most is quality of life in old age and, if anything, the medicalisation of old age is contributing to this poor quality of life as a result of drug side-effects and a poor understanding of the needs of the aged as we 'strive officiously to keep alive'.
Malgre un decalage entre la France et le Quebec, la periode est marquee par la medicalisation de l'homosexualite et l'avenement de la personne << homosexuelle >>.
The second claim is that television has led to the medicalisation of the home, providing a 'convalescent companion' that promotes rest for recuperating patients following discharge (p.