Rethinking disability: the social model of disability and chronic disease
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Disability is commonly viewed as a problem that exists in a person’s body and requires medical treatment. The social model of disability, by contrast, distinguishes between impairment and disability, identifying the latter as a disadvantage that stems from a lack of fit between a body and its social environment. This paper describes the social model of disability and then considers how it might deal with chronic disease or impairment and why medical professionals should learn about disability perspectives to improve their practice.
KeywordsDisability Impairment Chronic disease Social model
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Sara Goering declares that she has no conflict of interest.
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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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