Chronic Non-Malignant Pain: Biopsychosocial Model
By the end of this episode you will be able to:
- describe the difference between the medical model and the biopsychosocial model
- discuss how the relevance of the different models apply in the treatment of chronic pain
This episode looks at two models which are used to try and understand and explain chronic pain: the medical model and the biopsychosocial model. It looks at the problems of using the standard medical model when there is no known cure for a condition and suggests how the biopsychosocial model may be a better way to understand chronic conditions and how they affect people.   
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