Are there any existing models or frameworks that could help us improve our approach to providing human-centered care?

Of the many models and frameworks for delivering care, one that I talk about a lot is the biopsychosocial model. This approach recognizes that humans are not just a sum of their symptoms, but have biological, psychological, and social components. Traditional healthcare (from a biomedical approach) often focuses on physiological dysfunctions without considering cognitive and environmental factors.

When developing software or tech tools for health management, we must also address ancillary factors like psychology and environment. Otherwise, our solutions might fall flat by only solving one aspect of a complex problem.Taking a biopsychosocial approach benefits both clinical service delivery and tech tool development!

We can see this in action as literature on social determinants of health becomes more prominent.

For example, chronic pain management now involves addressing fears and psychosocial stressors alongside physical treatments. So let’s build solutions around people in their entirety instead of focusing solely on sets of symptoms or problems!

Models & Frameworks to Help Deliver Human-Centered Care

In today’s healthcare landscape, there is a growing need for a more human-centered approach to care. This means shifting the focus from just treating symptoms and diseases to considering the whole person, including their psychological and social needs. As providers strive to create better outcomes for patients, it’s essential to explore existing models that can help enhance these efforts. In this blog post, we’ll dive into one such model – the biopsychosocial approach – which has been extensively researched and promoted in various fields of healthcare.


The Biopsychosocial Approach: A Comprehensive View of Health

The biopsychosocial approach is an interdisciplinary model that combines biological, psychological, and social factors when examining health and illness. This perspective acknowledges that humans are not merely a collection of symptoms or diagnoses but rather uniquely complex beings with multiple interconnected aspects influencing their overall well-being.

Traditionally, much of healthcare has focused primarily on the biological component – addressing physiological dysfunctions like disease or inflammation through medical interventions. However, by adopting a more holistic view encompassing both cognitive (psychological) components as well as environmental influences (social), we can provide more effective care tailored specifically to each individual patient.


Applying the Biopsychosocial Model in Healthcare

To truly leverage the potential benefits of employing a biopsychosocial framework in our health services delivery systems & technology platforms development process requires careful consideration across multiple dimensions:

  • Clinical Service Delivery: Providers should aim for comprehensive assessments capturing insights beyond “medical” data points alone. For example, understanding how psychosocial stressors might impact pain perception could prove invaluable when designing treatment plans targeting chronic pain conditions.
  • Tech Tools & Platform Development: When building technology solutions aimed at improving healthcare outcomes, it’s essential to take into account the multitude of factors influencing patients’ experiences. For instance, a chronic disease management app might fail to achieve its intended impact if it only addresses symptom relief and ignores psychological barriers or social determinants affecting patient engagement.
  • Social Determinants of Health: In recent years, there has been growing recognition among researchers and practitioners alike that addressing social determinants – such as access to resources, education levels, and socioeconomic status – plays a crucial role in overall health outcomes.

The biopsychosocial approach offers an invaluable lens through which we can better understand the complex interplay between these various components when delivering care tailored specifically for each individual. By doing so, we stand a far greater chance of achieving truly personalized medicine capable not just treating illnesses but promoting comprehensive well-being across populations.


Bottom Line: Embrace a Human-Centered Healthcare Paradigm

In summary, adopting a biopsychosocial model is critical for enhancing our ability to deliver more person-centered care by viewing individuals holistically rather than simply focusing on symptoms or diagnoses alone. This perspective promotes more effective clinical service delivery while also driving innovation within tech platforms & tools targeting specific health challenges.

Moving forward requires continued research exploring best practices around implementing this framework throughout various aspects of healthcare delivery systems & embracing interdisciplinary collaboration spanning diverse fields like medical professionals, psychologists,& sociologists alike. Ultimately success will depend upon fostering deeper empathy for patients by recognizing their unique complexities & designing interventions accordingly – resulting in truly transformative improvements across human-centric health services worldwide.


What models or frameworks do you rely on to humanize healthcare?


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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show and the author of Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare. His career trajectory includes 12+ years of experience in healthcare management, clinical operations, programmatic development, marketing & business development. He even spent some time as an Assistant Professor in a Graduate Program of Occupational Therapy and has served on numerous boards and regulatory committees. He has worked on projects ranging from patient engagement initiatives to marketing communication campaigns to a multi million dollar project assisting the State of Georgia's Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transition individuals out of state institutions to community residences. His work on Telehealth has been discussed in Forbes.

Today, Rafi helps innovative healthcare companies like technology startups, platforms, SaaS companies & innovative healthcare organizations develop effective positioning strategy and business development plans through his consulting work. He also leverages his experience as a professor and academic to speak and train on the topics around humanizing the healthcare experience & healthcare innovation. In addition, Rafi also owns and operates ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness, a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic treating patients with musculoskeletal pain.

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