Standard healthcare (also known as conventional medicine, Western medicine or allopathic medicine) is a system of healthcare based on the 'Western model' of evidence-based practice for diagnosing and treating conditions.
A wide range of approaches are part of standard healthcare, all of them accepted and used by a large majority of healthcare professionals in the UK and other Western countries. Standard healthcare includes many different disciplines including art therapies, diets, medication, medical procedures, neurology, occupational therapy, osteopathy, physiotherapy, psychology, psychotherapy, speech and language therapy, and therapeutic recreation.
In practice, standard healthcare staff often work as part of a team with other healthcare providers (and sometimes teachers and parents) to provide a package of care designed to meet the needs of the individual.
Standard healthcare is used to treat an enormous range of conditions (such as cancer, depression and stroke). Some standard healthcare practices are also being used to treat some of the problems faced by people on the autism spectrum, including the core symptoms of autism (such as difficulties with social interaction) and some of the associated problems (such as anxiety).
The hypotheses behind different standard healthcare practices vary from one practice to another. For example, physiotherapy is based on the idea that human movement is central to the health and well-being of individuals. Psychology, on the other hand, is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and with the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour.
Notes on Allied Healthcare Professionals