Analysis Of The Movie "Patch Adams" Using Communication Models.

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The analysis of the movie Patch Adams: Is humor the best medicine?Patch Adams is a movie that is based on a true story. It is about a man who has experienced many things in his lifetime, from being institutionalized in a psychiatric ward of a hospital to being a well-respected doctor that heals and calms many people with humor. This movie portrays many aspects of health communication that we have discussed in this class, and it also accurately represents one of the debates currently taking place in the health communication field. In this paper I will review past terms and models such as: physician-centered communication, collaborative communication, and the biopsychosocial model. These terms will be used to help demonstrate that the information found in the movie Patch Adams is relevant to the field of health communication. Then I will attempt to answer the underlying question of the movie Patch Adams, "Is humor the best medicine?"Since the beginning of time man has held many different theories on health and what causes illness. Some more farfetched than others, but also some that are more believable. For example, the biopsychosocial model still influences many. This model approaches health as an overall encompassing phenomenon. This means that health is affected by more than just physical ailments. Overall health is a product of both physical and emotionalWell being. According to Athena du Pre in her book, Communicating about Health: Current Issues and Perspectives: "The biopsychosocial perspective takes into account patients' physical conditions (biology), their thoughts and beliefs (psychology), and their social expectations". She went on to state, "The biopsychosocial approach is supported by evidence that people's thoughts and emotions have an influence on their overall health".Considering this, now take a look at the movie Patch Adams. Hunter Adams, or better known as "Patch", never found his notch in life, especially after his father died when he was nine. In his later life, he bounced around from job to job but nothing seemed to feel right. Then, after he attempted to commit suicide he found himself in a psychiatric ward living amongst some very special people. It was there where he first found his true calling in life. In that psychiatric ward "Patch" Adams learned that he was completely compelled by helping people. He loved helping people through the healing process, and he also learned that with his playful personality, he was very good at it.He believed that connecting to a patient's thoughts and emotions were equally as important as knowing what was physically wrong with them. This vision and his initiative lifted him out of the psychiatric ward and, believe it or not, all the way through medical school. Throughout this transformation into a doctor, "Patch" was pressured to dismiss his views and conform to how others thought a medical student/professional is supposed to act. Till the end, Patch devoted himself to helping patients...

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