Disease versus illness in general practice

J R Coll Gen Pract. 1981 Sep;31(230):548-52.


Two different, though interrelated, conceptions of ill-health - disease and illness - are described. Recent literature on this disease/illness model is reviewed, and the value of this approach to general practice is shown.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Child
  • Disease*
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological
  • Pregnancy