Three Perspectives: Disease, Sickness & Illness - med.uottawa.ca

Three Perspectives: Disease, Sickness & Illness - med.uottawa.ca

Three Perspectives:
Disease, Sickness & Illness
Disease

Illness
(The
persons
subjective
experience
of their symptoms.
What the patient
brings
to the doctor)

(Underlying pathology;
biologically defined: the
practitioners perspective.
The illness seen in terms of
a biological theory of
disorder)

Sickness
(Social & cultural conceptions of
the condition: cultural beliefs
and reactions such as fear or
stigma. These affect how the
patient reacts, and also what is
considered a disorder suitable for
medical treatment)

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