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J Liaquat Uni Med Health Sci. 2015; 14(3): 97-98

Are we Ready to Deal the Challenge of Shifting from Biomedical Model?

Raza ur Rahman.

The curriculum in most of the medical institutions in
Pakistan is based on biomedical model of disease
therefore emphasizing on biological causes underlying
all diseases. It explains all diseases in biological terms
and exclude or ignore those symptoms that cannot be
explained in biological basis. This is a reductionist and
exclusionary approach leading to a mind-body dichotomy
that ignores the impact of mind on body1. Thus
no or minimal consideration is given to behavioral and
psychosocial aspects of any disease; that in many
cases may lead to unacknowledged morbidity and
mortality of patients. Mere availability of a drug or vaccine
is not enough to cure or prevent a disease unless
the patient is motivated to take the medicine or parents
are convinced to bring the child for vaccination.
Health seeking behavior of patients or caregivers is
not just driven by presence of biological symptoms or
distress cause by an illness but also depend upon a
number of psychosocial factors.

Key words: Challenge, Biomedical

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