Compare and contrast biopsychosocial model and biomedical model. 

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The biopsychosocial model of health explores complex conditions that arise as a result of the individual's interaction with the immediate environment. It is a model of health that, as its name implies, deals with three components:

  • the individual's psychological condition
  • the individual's personality traits as their interact in society
  • the individual's overall physical condition

Having these three factors allows a health professional to determine conditions such as mood disorders, depression, and other conditions that depend on the combination of personal and social dynamics.

The biomedical model of health creates a physical profile of the patient and determines illness based on uniquely scientific and genetic factors. It combines all the factors that indicate abnormal performance of physical processes and is used to determine chronic physical illnesses.

The main difference between the two models is the factors that are considered to determine pathology, and the type of pathology that they both address.