Assess the Biomedical and Socio-Medical Models of Health

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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 is that, it give attention at an individual`s health and illness- but with more concentration on individual`s illness or ill-health. This model looks at treating disease/illness with trying medical knowledge use as its theory proposes that all diseases and illnesses can be treated by medical involvement. E.g.: using the biomedical model of health, an individual with asthma or other ill-health would be given or prescribed medicine/tablets to create better feeling for them or that will make them feel better. The biomedical model of health is applicable or applied/used in all country and with its intervention (mostly direct) the patients benefit from it. Another strength of this model, is that it puts all the focus on treating and managing the illness which then brings or might bring quick improvements of benefits. Additionally, this model of health is or maybe effective or successful in treating and diagnosing illnesses or diseases.

Weaknesses of biomedical of health
In weaknesses of biological model of health is that, is or can be very expensive for some people and this model does not focus on illness or disease prevention so people might get illness again or even different illness which would also be fixed through medical interference and the patient (s) might not benefit from it. Also this model centres illness management and treatment rather than view and considering the patient/individual`s effects, health or health being or other factors that might contribute to illnesses. 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. Available from: [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 poverty, poor housing, diet and pollution on society and environment that an individual`s health and well-being. Strengths of socio-medical model of health

Socio-medical model of health has great focus and concentration on social factors that have health and well-being association in society and its environment that affect or can affect our daily health and well-being; e.g. : this model would look at...
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