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Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare 2ed

by Susan Ayers and Richard de Visser SAGE Publications Ltd
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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 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.

Psychology and Medicine
Psychology and medicine
What is Health?
Why is Psychology Important?
The science of mind and body
Different approaches to medicine
Social diversity and health
Motivation, Emotion and Health
Motivation and health
Emotion and health
Stress and Health
What is Stress?
Stress and health
Stress in medicine and healthcare
Managing Stress
Symptoms and Illness
Symptom Perception
Placebo & Nocebo Effects
Illness beliefs and representations
Health and Behaviour
Predicting and changing health behaviour
The Health Belief Model
The Theory of Planned Behaviour
The Transtheoretical Model
PRIME Theory
Chronic Illness, Death and Dying
Chronic Illness
Psychological Intervention
Death and dying
Death and medical practice
Brain and Behaviour
Components and organisation of the nervous system
Communication with and between neurons
Structure of the brain and central nervous system
Control of movement
Sleep, Consciousness & Biological Clocks
Psychosocial development across the Lifespan
Old Age
Social Psychology
Self Pychology
Individuals and goups
Anti-social and pro-social behaviour
Learning, Perception and Memory
Immunity and Protection
Infection, Iflammation and Imunity
Psychological Apects of Imune Dsorders
Cardiovascular and Respiratory
Cardiovascular Health
Respiratory Health
Psychological Fctors and the GI Sstem
Lifestyle and GI health
GI Dsorders
Reproduction and Endocrinology
Endocrine Disorders and psychosocial wellbeing
Genitourinary medicine
Sexual Health
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Prostate and testicular cancer
Urinary Incontinence and renal failure
Psychiatry and neurology
Diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders
Neurological Disorders
Neuropsychological Assessment & Rehabilitation
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 is psychotherapy?
Which Therapy is Best?
Psychological Intervention in Medical Settings
Technology and psychological intervention

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. 

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.