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A discussion on Engel's biopsychosocial theory .
# 151988 | 2,938 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Nov 09, 2012 in Psychology (Physiological) , Medical and Health (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper uses the Biopsychosocial model according to Engel to evaluate the illness of a friend's relative which was life-changing, discussing the stages of human development, and the role of the care-givers. It goes on to discuss the considerations that need to be taken when working with a young patient with a chronic disease. It also discusses different approaches to conceptualizing and eliciting from the patient his strengths in an assessment utilizing the MCC model.

From the Paper:

''This also points to another major change in the treatment perspective for the subject over the course of his medical crisis. Though now deceased, the subject during a three year terms was kept alive by a ventilator and feeding tubes. This disposition would cause us to question the rationale of keeping him alive in light of the low to impossible odds of making a reasonable recovery. This dilemma underscores one of the core challenges inherent to the biopsychosocial perspective. Namely, "the emphasis on curing and heroic medicine has fostered a mindset that makes it difficult for some physicians to 'merely' care for those they cannot cure." (Pollin, 6) Engels' ideas promote an altogether different understanding of medical treatment that would emerge as crucial during the three years of relatively stagnant and near-vegetative persistence for the subject. As the subject was not comatose, was responsive with his facial expressions and reflected some level of awareness of the events and people around him, the strategy of care would shift from attempting to relieve the subject from his malady--an impossibility--to instead finding ways to help the subject cope emotionally with the malady. This would result in a substantial change in the perspective that we would bring to day-to-day interactions with the subject.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • James, J. & Friedman, R. (1998). The grief recovery handbook. New York, N.Y. Harper Collins Publishers.
  • Lakhan, S. (2006). The Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Illness. Connexions. Online at <>.
  • Pollin, I., & Kaanan, S. (1995). Medical Crisis Counseling: Short-Term Therapy for Long-Term Illness. New York, N.Y. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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