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Psychology for Medicine

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Psychology and Medicine Psychology and medicine What is Health? Why is Psychology Important? Different Approaches to Medicine PART ONE: PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH Motivation, Emotion and Health Motivation Motivation & Health Emotion Emotion & Health Stress and Health What is Stress? Stress & Health Stress in Medicine Managing Stress Symptoms and Illness Symptom Perception Pain Placebo & Nocebo Effects Illness Beliefs & Representations Health and Behaviour Predicting & Changing Health Behaviour Health Belief Model Theory of Planned Behaviour Transtheoretical Model PRIME Theory Chronic Illness, Death and Dying Chronic Illness Psychological Intervention Death & Dying Death & Medical Practice PART TWO: BASIC FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY Brain and Behaviour Components & Organisation of the Nervous System Communication Between Neurons Structure of the Brain & Central Nervous System Control of Movement Sleep, Consciousness & Bological Cocks Development across the Lifespan Childhood Adolescence Adulthood Old Age Social Context Attitudes Self Pychology Individuals & Goups Aggression Prosocial Bhaviour Learning, Perception and Memory Perception Attention Learning Memory PART THREE: BODY SYSTEMS Immunity and Protection Infection, Iflammation & Imunity Psychological Apects of Imune Dsorders Skin Cancer Cardiovascular and Respiratory Cardiovascular Halth Respiratory Halth Gastrointestinal Psychological Fctors & the GI Sstem Lifestyle & GI health GI Dsorders Reproduction and Endocrinology Reproduction Endocrine Disorders & Psychosocial Well-Being Genitourinary Sexual Health Sexually Transmitted Infections Prostate & Testicular Cancer Urinary Incontinence & Renal Failure Psychiatry and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Psychiatry Diagnosis & Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Neurological Disorders Neuropsychological Assessment & Rehabilitation PART FOUR: HEALTH CARE PRACTICE Evidence-Based Medicine Evidence-Based medicine Adherence to Treatment Doctor-Patient Communication Clinical Interviewing How We Communicate Clinical Interviewing Difficult Interviews Giving Bad News Psychological Intervention What Do Psychologists Do? Which Therapy is Best? Psychological Intervention in Medical Settings

About the Author

Susan Ayers Susan is a psychologist specialising in women's wellbeing and mental health during pregnancy and after birth. She is a professor at City, University of London where she leads the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research, and a visiting professor at the University of Sussex. Susan is a chartered health psychologist and cognitive behaviour therapist. Since obtaining her PhD from the University of London, Susan has worked at St. George's Hospital Medical School (London) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (Sussex). Susan is lead author of Psychology for Medicine (2011, 2017) and editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2007, 2018). She has given numerous invited lectures and workshops and was awarded the Annual Lecturer Prize by the Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology in 2012. Richard de Visser Richard teaches at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, where has received awards for his individual and group teaching. He was co-author of Psychology for Medicine (Sage, 2011). Richard completed a BSc in psychology at the University of Melbourne, and a PhD at the Australian Research centre in Sex, Health & Society. He completed post-doctoral work at Birkbeck College, University of London before moving to Sussex where he was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, and now Reader in Psychology. Richard's research interests span a broad range of topics in health psychology, including: sexuality and relationships; gender and health; alcohol use; use of health services; and cross-cultural analyses. He has expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, intervention studies, and mixed-methods designs.


At last, a good comprehensive textbook on psychology for medical students. I'll be sure to recommend this to my students. -- Katie Lock??? It's a great textbook, the application to Medicine is nicely outlined and the case studies illustrating the points further are brilliant. It's easy to read and follow and really highlights the importance of Psychology in Medicine. I will definitely be recommending this text to my students! -- Dr Harbinder Sandhu??? A welcome text that fulfills a niche for books on behavioural and social sciences written for medical students. Other books provide an introductory overview but a more detailed textbook is needed which clearly demonstrates a contemporary evidence base for the role of psychology in medicine. The book achieves this. The systems based approach and the focus on psychological skills are also welcomed. -- Judith Anne Rock??? As the fundamental importance of psychological aspects of medical practice becomes ever more evident, and a correspondingly greater knowledge of psychology is required of medical graduates by bodies such as the UK General Medical Council, books like this one must become essential reading for all medical students. -- Michael Sharpe MD, FRCP FRCPsych,

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