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Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare

Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare

Third Edition
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June 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 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: 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

The book is my bible! I teach UG medical students psychology (Years 1-5) and always use it as a key reference for most topics including: Stress and health; Developmental Psychology and Health; Chronic illness; Grief; Health behaviour and behaviour change etc. I think the book covers really well the key theoretical approaches relevant to medical students/future clinicians and makes excellent use of practical examples. It helps students apply psychological theory to clinical practice and makes psychology relevant to medics in an uncomplicated and sensitive way.

Georgia Panagiotaki
Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

Essential read for understanding psychological components of person-centred healthcare, in particular as it has dedicated chapters/resources for most specialties.
I found the chapters on communication (clinical interviewing/EBM and adherence to treatment) a great addition to the chapters on symptom perception and illness beliefs and representations. Definitely an essential read.

Dr rossela roberts
School of Psychology, Bangor University
July 31, 2023

The context of this book is perfect for the students on two of the courses I teach Research Methods to, and for all other students in the university at this level of study.

Dr Alyx Taylor
Psychology, AECC University College
December 20, 2021

An excellent book written in simple understandable language for students of healthcare profession to understand the psychological aspects. The important clinical notes along with the summary and research boxes and at the end of chapter a few revision question is very good.

Dr Praveen Bhugra
Pharmacy, Chemistry & Biomedical Sci, Sunderland University
July 5, 2021
  • Main update is the addition of a comprehensive companion website with powerpoint slides, 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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