Medical model of care needs updating, say experts

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 02 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1034
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The NHS should shift its focus away from the medical model of care and place more emphasis on tackling social determinants of health, a panel of experts has said.

An overemphasis on medical care would not defeat “the five giants” of want, disease, ignorance, squalor, and idleness that the NHS and the welfare state were founded to tackle, said speakers at the 2018 Nuffield Trust Health Policy Summit on 1 March.

The panel—consisting of Jonathon Tomlinson, a GP in inner city London, Nick Timmins, senior associate at …

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