Essay on Assess the Biomedical and Socio-Medical Models of Health

1162 Words Mar 19th, 2013 5 Pages
I am going to write a report assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the biomedical and socio-medical models of health.
Biomedical model of health
Biomedical model of health is an approach which eliminates psychological and social factors (environment) but only comprises biological issues in trying to recognize or understand an individual`s medical illness/disorder. The biomedical model of health looks upon treatment in expression of changing the body by medical intervention forms. Also this model seeks to look at what is wrong and fix that part of individual as it focuses on illness rather than health as well as diagnosing an individual`s illness.
Strengths of Biomedical model of health
One of biomedical model of health`s strengths
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The biomedical model of health fails to comprise factors such social or environment that relate or associate with illness and also it views very little about the individual`s wellbeing history such as medical history or feelings. Holistically, a person`s well-being doesn’t not depend on physically states only and the biomedical model of health believe that a person is ill or has broken (leg or arm), they can be fixed which would lead to health restoration along with that, this model doesn’t consider that the person have or will be in pain and that pain can lead to many. Through this model, there are high chances of diagnosing wrong illnesses. For example: an individual might repine about back pain and then with biomedical model method (tests), the back might appear ok, but the history of something such insomnia, depression or others would not be viewed. http://www.markedbyteachers.com/as-and-a-level/healthcare/evaluate-the-bio-medical-and-socio-medical-models-of-health.html Available from: http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-biomedical-model.htm [accessed: 18th March 2013].

Socio-medical model of health
The socio medical model of health centres/focuses on the social and environmental factors that contribute to society`s health and well being. This model considers social factors in which it upon the impact of
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