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.
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Goering, S. Rethinking disability: the social model of disability and chronic disease. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med 8, 134–138 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12178-015-9273-z
- Chronic disease
- Social model