The Disease-Illness Model (1984)

McWhinney and his colleagues at the University of Western Ontario have proposed a “transformed clinical method”. Their approach has also been called “patient-centred clinical interviewing” to differentiate it from the more traditional “doctor-centred” method that attempts to interpret the patient’s illness only from the doctor’s perspective of disease and pathology.

The disease-illness model below attempts to provide a practical way of using these ideas in our everyday clinical practice.


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