Applications of the updated the Biopsychosocial Model (I): Theorising the social gradient in health

24 October 2019 - 17:00-18:30

Lecture: Derek Bolton, King’s College London

Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London

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The Marmot Review of health inequalities “does not have much medicine in it”. Meaning: the aetiological risks for many kinds of health condition & implications for prevention targets are social and psychological – as well as biological. How e.g. can lower (perceived) social status make you sick? These issues will be tackled using the updated biopsychosocial model outlined in the previous lecture. We will note that the familiar current hypothesised stress-related mechanisms are thoroughly biopsychosocial.

Part 3 of 4 in the series

The Biopsychosocial Model: Updating the Model in Response to Major criticisms“.

Led by Derek Bolton, Professor of Philosophy & Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, until recently Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist in SL&M. He has published widely in health sciences and philosophy of psychiatry and medicine. His latest book, co-authored with Professor Grant Gillett (philosopher and formerly neurosurgeon) at Otago, is The Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Disease: New Philosophical and Scientific Developments, published OPEN ACCESS by Springer Palgrave. These lectures will review and apply the main ideas of the book, adapted for health students and educators and interested clinicians.