A biopsychosocial model to complement a biomedical model: patient questionnaire data and socioeconomic status usually are more significant than laboratory tests and imaging studies in prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

@article{McCollum2009ABM,
  title={A biopsychosocial model to complement a biomedical model: patient questionnaire data and socioeconomic status usually are more significant than laboratory tests and imaging studies in prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Lauren McCollum and Theodore Pincus},
  journal={Rheumatic diseases clinics of North America},
  year={2009},
  volume={35 4},
  pages={699-712, v}
}
Modern medical care is based largely on a paradigm known as a "biomedical model," in which a single "gold standard" high-technology test guides clinical care. Patients with hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and many other conditions often are unaware of their status in the absence of data from "objective" tests. By contrast, in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and most rheumatic diseases, patients generally are aware of symptoms, and information from patients often is as or more important to… CONTINUE READING

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