Essay on Using Trevor’s and Dahlia’s Accounts from Activity 2.3 in Learning Guide 2, Describe How the Biomedical, and Social Models of Health, Might Inform Different Approaches to Improving or Maintaining Trevor’s Quality of Life .

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In order to answer this question, I am firstly going to describe, in detail, the Biomedical and Social Models of Health. The 2 approaches are very different, and from a caring perspective, are both as important as one another when putting a care plan in place for service users such as Trevor .

Models of illness are used to analyse how illness arises and to predict what treatment might be effective.; Most models are implicit and not formally described.In the context of health and illness, a model will specify what factors are of importance in determining whether a person is ill, (and conversely, by implication, what factors are not relevant). It will also specify the nature of the interrelationships between these factors and being ill
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He also goes to the day centre which is great for him. Being able to get out and about ensures that Trevor has some feeling that he is still an independent man with his own wants and needs met. Trevor also tells us that he is a very trusting man. He enjoys having people looking after him when he knows, them as he knows they do a very good job. He also speaks on enjoying TV.
All of the needs discussed above would be the Social Model. It is vitally important for Trevor that all these needs are met; otherwise his condition will deteriorate, as he will have the feeling of having no control over his condition, or how it affects his daily life. I feel, from this aspect, the Social Model is just as important as the Biomedical Model. The Biomedical Model is used by his clinician/nursing staff to treat his pain and manage all medical aspects of his condition. The Biomedical Model is not enough on its own to give Trevor the full treatment and quality of life he needs, nor is the Social Model alone, as without the Biomedicine Trevor’s condition could not be managed and therefore he would be unable to take part in his daily activities and hobbies .

Models have their pros and cons, however, I feel overall, they can both, in their own way, benefit all patients who have long term health problems or disabilities. The more course material I studied, the more I discovered, that gradually, over time, more and more health professionals are seeing benefits from those who