A critical review of the biopsychosocial model


  • N. McLaren

N. McLaren, Psychiatrist in Private Practice PO Box 282, Sanderson, Northern Territory 0812, Australia


Objective: The aim of this review is to provide an analysis of the epistemic status of the biopsychosocial model.

Method: A critical comparison of the biopsychosocial model with the general concept of models.

Results: In its present form, the biopsychosocial model is so seriously flawed that its continued use in psychiatry is not justified.

Conclusion: Further development of theory-based models in psychiatry is urgently needed.