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Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare

Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare

Third Edition
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April 2021 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
As our understanding of what constitutes ‘good health’ grows, so does our need to understand the psychological aspects of medicine and health, as well as the psychological interventions available in healthcare.

This new edition of this bestselling textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the research, theory, application and current practices in the field, covering topics from epigenetics to social determinants of health and transdiagnostic approaches to mental health and everything in between. An essential read for all medicine and healthcare students, this text is now accompanied by a suite of online resources for all your learning needs.  
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 behavior
Chapter 6: Chronic illness, death, and dying
Section II: Basic Foundations of Psychology
Chapter 7: Brain and behavior
Chapter 8: Psychosocial development across the lifespan
Chapter 9: Social psychology
Chapter 10: Cognitive psychology
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
  • Main update is the addition of a comprehensive companion website with powerpoint slides, associated videos, case studies and questions, MCQs and relevant journal articles
  • Content wise the authors have:
    • Revised all chapters with a clearer focus on psychological approaches to addressing the emotional/psychological elements of various conditions.
    • Revised chapters on psychiatry and neuroscience, with an enhanced  focus on a need to consider transdiagnostic approaches to mental health/illness.
    • Increased the engagement with epigenetic processes.
    • Within each chapter the research boxes have been revised so that wherever possible they focus on psychological interventions to show how psychology can be useful in treatment rather than simply as a way to understand aetiology.
    • Expanded the coverage of social determinants of health and diversity.


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Susan Ayers

Susan AyersSusan 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... More About Author

Richard de Visser

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... More About Author

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