Illness, Disease & The Biomedical Model


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How a person perceives being sick is best described as:

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1. A 'sick' organ is best described as being:


Which of these is an assumption of the biomedical model?

I. All illness has one underlying cause.

II. Disease is always that single cause.

III. Stopping, removing, or minimizing the disease will return a person to good health.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this worksheet/quiz to test your understanding of psychiatric drugs and the biomedical model of medicine. For the quiz, you'll be covering what it means to be sick and how that applies to an organ in the body.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test questions will help you to:

  • Name an assumption/assumptions of the biomedical model
  • Determine what is discounted by this model
  • Assess the concept of biological factors being used to understand illness

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on psychiatric drugs and the biomedical model of medicine
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding biological factors and how they're used in this model of medicine
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of illness to determine how it's connected to bodily organs

Additional Learning

For more on the subject of illness in the body, review the lesson entitled Illness, Disease & The Biomedical Model. The lesson will address these areas, specifically:

  • Mental disorders and their misinterpretations over the years
  • The difference between an illness and a disease
  • How modern medicine has evolved with regard to these notions