`Useful for the insights about introducing a new service into the general practice environment' - Family Practice Counselling practitioners in primary care settings have unique circumstances to contend with. This book offers practical guidance for managing the issues these counsellors face, exploring the complex dynamics of health care teams and providing a guide to the safe and effective practice of counselling in primary health care contexts. The book highlights potential sources of difficulty for this group, from needing to maximize therapeutic contact while using time-limited techniques, to working with a wide range of patients and problems and relying increasingly on evidence-based practi

A Biopsychosocial Approach to Counselling in Primary Care

A Biopsychosocial Approach to Counselling in Primary Care

A biopsychosocial approach to counselling in primary care

This chapter starts by contrasting the traditional biomedical approach to health care with a biopsychosocial model which recognizes that there are complex interactions between biological, psychological and social factors and contexts. Consequently, interdisciplinary collaboration between professionals will often be more effective than a multidisciplinary approach where each team member works in relative isolation. The chapter offers some guidelines to support the development of collaborative practice in primary care.

The Development of Biomedicine

In the early history of Western medicine, pioneers such as Hippocrates wrote about health and illness in terms of a complex interdependence between the body of the patient, their lifestyle, moods and spiritual practices, and their environment. Treatments were often ...

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