Sociological dimensions of illness behavior.

  title={Sociological dimensions of illness behavior.},
  author={David Mechanic},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={41 9},
The almost exclusive dependence on the diagnostic disease model limits addressing the burden of illness and disability typically seen in primary medical care. With aging of populations and increasing prevalence of chronic disease and disability and behavioral disorders, new approaches to patient assessment and intervention are needed to extend traditional models. Using illness behavior as a point of departure, I examine the disability process and the types of considerations relevant to… CONTINUE READING