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Biomedical models and healthcare systems

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:419

New model will be useful if it alters allocation of resources

  1. Ellen S Wright, general practitioner (
  1. Vanbrugh Hill Health Centre, London SE10 9HQ

    EDITOR—Wade and Halligan's new model will be useful if it encourages alternative ways of managing so called functional illnesses.1 Take the example of low back pain as a condition where context is all important.

    Proposed model of illness (BMJ 2004;329: 1398-401

    Patients with typical mechanical low back pain …

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