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Why is psychology important in healthcare practice? Each person is a unique mix of thoughts, emotions, personality, behaviour patterns, and their own personal history and experiences. Having a thorough understanding of the psychological aspects of medicine and health has become ever more important to ensure that patients receive excellent care and treatment. The new edition is fully up to date with current practices and now includes: New section on epigeneticsNew examples of models of behaviour focusing on alcohol and smokingA greater focus on the role of partners/family as specific sources of social support in various contexts Increased coverage on NICE guidanceMore emphasis on psychological interventions The new edition of this bestselling textbook continues to provide a comprehensive overview of the research, theory, application and current practices in the field and is essential reading for all medicine and healthcare students.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Psychology and MedicineSection I: Psychology and HealthChapter 2: Motivation, Emotion and HealthChapter 3: Stress and HealthChapter 4: Symptoms and IllnessChapter 5: Health and BehaviourChapter 6: Chronic Illness, Death, and DyingSection II: Basic Foundations of PsychologyChapter 7: Brain and BehaviourChapter 8: Psychosocial Development Across the LifespanChapter 9: Social PsychologyChapter 10: Perception, Attention, Learning, and MemorySection III: Body SystemsChapter 11: Immunity and ProtectionChapter 12: Cardiovascular and Respiratory HealthChapter 13: Gastrointestinal HealthChapter 14: Reproduction and EndocrinologyChapter 15: Genitourinary MedicineChapter 16: Psychiatry and NeurologySection IV: Healthcare PracticeChapter 17: Evidence-Based PracticeChapter 18: Clinical InterviewingChapter 19: Psychological Intervention

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.

Reviews

The well-thought out design of this text makes it accessible to a wide audience. Case-studies, clinical notes, and activities designed to enhance critical thinking make it relevant to HE students, psychologists in training, and other professionals with an interest in the psychological aspects of health and healthcare. -- Dr Sharron Hinchliff Whilst I appreciate this textbook is aimed at healthcare professionals, I rely on it as one of three core texts for an introductory undergraduate health psychology module. What I like about this welcome second edition is the inclusion of `healthcare' in the title and material in chapter 17 that engages with evidence based medicine/practice and embeds the need for critical appraisal skills in contemporary healthcare practice. -- Jennie Todd The second edition of Psychology for Medicine is another well written and much needed resource for students studying medicine. This edition has a broader application to health (depth and breadth of theory and application) for a range of healthcare professionals. The topics covered are all relevant from the foundations of defining what we mean by "health" to more complex theories of behaviour change, motivation health, illness and disease. The text offers a great source of information but is also creative in its application through the use of clinical notes, case studies and revision questions to consolidate learning. -- Dr Harbinder Sandhu, Associate Professor The second edition of Psychology for Medicine is an authoritative and important update that broadens its scope to reflect the contemporary evidence-base, and which uses meaningful case studies to illustrate key concepts and theories. It will be a valuable resource for all healthcare practitioners. -- Dr Suzanne Edwards

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