Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare

Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare

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Highly Commended in the Psychiatry category of the British Medical Association Book Awards 2018

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 epigenetics
New examples of models of behaviour focusing on alcohol and smoking
A greater focus on the role of partners/family as specific sources of social support in various contexts
Increased coverage on NICE guidance
More 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 648 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 27.94mm | 1,260g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 147396928X
  • 9781473969285
  • 237,924

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Psychology and Medicine
Section I: Psychology and Health
Chapter 2: Motivation, Emotion and Health
Chapter 3: Stress and Health
Chapter 4: Symptoms and Illness
Chapter 5: Health and Behaviour
Chapter 6: Chronic Illness, Death, and Dying
Section II: Basic Foundations of Psychology
Chapter 7: Brain and Behaviour
Chapter 8: Psychosocial Development Across the Lifespan
Chapter 9: Social Psychology
Chapter 10: Perception, Attention, Learning, and Memory
Section III: Body Systems
Chapter 11: Immunity and Protection
Chapter 12: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Health
Chapter 13: Gastrointestinal Health
Chapter 14: Reproduction and Endocrinology
Chapter 15: Genitourinary Medicine
Chapter 16: Psychiatry and Neurology
Section IV: Healthcare Practice
Chapter 17: Evidence-Based Practice
Chapter 18: Clinical Interviewing
Chapter 19: Psychological Intervention
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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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About Susan Ayers

Susan Ayers

Susan is a psychologist specialising in wellbeing and mental health during pregnancy and after birth. She is a professor at City, University of London in the School of Health Sciences, a chartered health psychologist and cognitive behaviour therapist. Since obtaining her PhD from the University of London, Susan worked at St. George's Hospital Medical School (London) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (Sussex) before moving to City, University of London. Susan is co-author of Psychology for Medicine (2011), and Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare (Sage, 2017) and editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2007, 2019). 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.

Dr Richard de Visser has been working in the fields of health psychology and public health for 25 years. He is Reader in Psychology at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and 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) and Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare (Sage, 2017). Richard completed a BSc in psychology at the University of Melbourne, and a PhD at the Australian Research centre in Sex, Health & Society. He then undertook post-doctoral work at Birkbeck College, University of London before moving to Sussex. 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. He is lead- or co-author on over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and his work is cited widely.
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