Applications of the updated the Biopsychosocial Model (II): Theorising biomedicaly hard to reach conditions

31 October 2019 - 17:00-18:30

Lecture: Derek Bolton, King’s College London

Lecture Theatre 2, New Hunts House, Guy’s Campus

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As set up here (as by Engel) biopsychosocial medicine would help itself to biomedicine – but add some – psychosocial factors – into the mix. Biomedicine manages some conditions at some stages very well by itself. But there is a long list of high service demand conditions/stages/complaints for which this is probably not the case. Examples were referred to in the first lecture, and include aetiology of many conditions – as last week. Also includes management of LTCs. Also includes pain and distress and activity limitations that have no biomedically detectable cause and which have – as is increasingly realised – central nervous system involvement. The updated BPSM would link biomedical science (biology below the neck) with neuroscience (biopsychology above the neck) – interacting with social task demands and resources.

Part 4 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.