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Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare

Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare

Second Edition

December 2017 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

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

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
Lecturer in Medical Education, Swansea University Medical School

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
Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

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
School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

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
Senior Lecturer, The School of Nursing & Midwifery, The University of Sheffield

This text book is excellent. The information is up to date and is presented at the right level for students of courses for whom psychology is only a part of what they are studying.

Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis
Manchester Business School, Manchester University
December 7, 2017

Good generic, easy to read text, that is well referenced. Applicable to all fields of nursing, (especially mental health) and also allied health professionals.

Mr Charles Miller-Fik
Nursing Sciences, University of East Anglia
December 6, 2017

A highly accessible textbook that covers major domains of the psychology of health and illness. A must-have source for anyone who teaches psychology to health professionals and medical students.

Dr Alexander Montasem
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
September 28, 2017

Psychology for medicine and healthcare is a very easy to use book. It is written in a manner which is very accessible for students and will be of great use. I particularly like the review questions and the coloured research boxes within each chapter which easily capture attention. A good overview of the place of psychology within the medical field.

Mrs Stephanie Fry
Psychology, Petroc College
June 14, 2017

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Susan Ayers

Susan Ayers is a psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health. She joined City University in 2012 and is based in the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research. Susan is a chartered health psychologist and cognitive behavior therapist. Her research examines women’s mental health during pregnancy and after birth, with a particular focus on anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. 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 co-author of Psychology for Medicine (2011, 2018) and co-editor of the... More About Author

Richard de Visser

Richard de VisserRichard 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... More About Author

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