PSYCHOLOGY OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY: A GUIDE FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS, COUNSELLORS, NURSES AND DOCTORS
A focus on acute illness and surgery, in contrast to the many other books which deal with chronic illness and health promotion
An introduction to psychological concepts and models, situated within the clinical reality of presentation, diagnosis, communication, treatment, and the patient-professional relationship
Guidance on evaluation of research and clinical practice which will help to inform a better understanding of behaviour and relationships in acute illness and surgery and wider medical contexts.
Students and professionals in clinical health psychology, health care and medicine should read this book for an accessible, authoritative account of how psychological knowledge can help them, why people feel and behave as they do, and which medical situations can be enlightened and facilitated by the integration of psychological principles into therapeutic practice.
Table of Contents
APPLYING PSYCHOLOGY TO HEALTH CARE.
Psychology Knowledge: Its Relevance and Limitations.
Theories, Models and Objectives in Health Care.
BECOMING ILL AND BEING ILL.
Challenge, Stress and Coping.
Psychobiology of Disease Processes: Heart Disease and Cancer.
Psychology of Physical Symptoms.
The Patient's Agenda: Beliefs and Intentions.
The Psychological Impact of Physical Illness.
Chronic Illness, Dying and Bereavement: Stages and Cycles of Adaptation.
Clinicians' Decisions and Patients' Adherence.
Clinical Communication: Partnership and Opposition.
Patient Empowerment: Information, Choice and Control.
Hospitalization and Surgery.
Psychological Treatment of Unexplained Physical Symptoms.
Psychological Treatment of Physical Disease.
Using Patients' Perspective to Evaluate Care.