Biopsychosocial Medicine: An Integrated Approach to Understanding Illness

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Psychology - 242 pages
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The biopsychosocial model is an approach to medicine which stresses the importance of a holistic approach. It considers factors outside the biological process of illness when trying to understand health and disease. In this approach, a person's social context and psychological wellbeing are key factors in their illness and recovery, along with their thoughts, beliefs and emotions. Biopsychosocial Medicine examines the concept and the utility of this approach, taking the examples of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, lower back pain, irritable bowel syndrome and depression to show how the model can be used in practice. It shows how effective it can be and provides solutions for implementing it in medical practice in all specialties.
 

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Contents

before
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The theoretical basis of the biopsychosocial model
21
Remediable or preventable social factors in the aetiology
39
Remediable or preventable psychological factors in the aetiology
59
a note of caution
77
Can neurobiology explain the relationship between stress
103
Fear and depression as remediable causes of disability in common
117
How important is the biopsychosocial approach? Some examples
133
shopping for health
151
A case of irritable bowel syndrome that illustrates
173
Are the patientcentred and biopsychosocial approaches
187
What are the barriers to healthcare systems using
201
how to overcome the barriers
217
Index
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Peter White is at Department of Psychological Medicine, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, UK.

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