Bio-Psycho-Social Perspectives of Breast Cancer Research Paper by lozilla27

Bio-Psycho-Social Perspectives of Breast Cancer
A discussion on the biological, psychological and social issues of a female patient newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
# 118869 | 7,075 words | 46 sources | APA | 2008 | GB
Published on Mar 10, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Medical and Health (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper attempts to demonstrate how breaking bad news using a bio-psychosocial approach can influence the patient's perception of their illness and have a positive influence on their ability to manage their illness. The paper begins with a critical evaluation between the biomedical and bio-psychosocial approaches to medicine followed by a definition of health and the key bio-psychosocial concerns of a patient recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The importance of the patient's prior knowledge and beliefs regards breast cancer and the possible detrimental effects the diagnosis can hold is also discussed.

From the Paper:

"The relationship between how the mind, environment and social factors influence the physical health of the body has been proven in more recent times, especially in the treatment of chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer (White 2005). Engel (1980) compared the two approaches, in the acute management of a patient presenting with a myocardial infarction, the outcome for the patient was potentially far better when the bio-psychosocial approach was implemented compared to the biomedical approach. This study concluded that although the biomedical model is used more in the acute sector, there is evidenced based research demonstrating the value of the bio-psychosocial approach in the acute management of patients as well as in the chronic management. Despite this the biomedical model is still considered of value, although it is seen more today in the management of acute illness."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BARNETT, M.M.; FISHER, D.J.; COOKE, H.; PATRICK, R.J. & DALE, J. (2007) Breaking bad news: consultant's previous education and views on educational format and timing. Medical Education 41(10), 947-956
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  • BURGESS, C.; CORNELIUS, V.; LOVE, S.; GRAHAM, J.; RICHARDS, M. & RAMIREZ, A. (2005) Depression and anxiety in women with early breast cancer: five year observational cohort study. British Medical Journal 330 (7493), 702-710
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