For the past 350 years in the western hemisphere, we’ve become dependent on a model of medicine that is built on the sciences of physics, chemistry and biology. The biomedical model has served as the traditional foundation of our understanding of the body and has led to great advances which have increased our life expectancy and improved quality of life.
However, it may not tell the whole story. Think of two individuals who share the same age, gender and very similar medical histories and similar injuries. One recovers as expected; the other one does not. What happened? Why did one individual experience delayed recovery? A biomedical model cannot explain this. On the other hand, a biopsychosocial model helps us understand the path to disability.
In a webinar recorded on March 26, 2018 and a corresponding whitepaper, Crawford's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marcos Iglesias, shines light on predictors and interventions that allows us to reduce delayed recovery, improve claim outcomes and, most importantly, gives us the opportunity to help individuals recover the life they had before the work injury.