Dr.+Cort - Some Thoughts about Health Psychology Doug Cort,...

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Some Thoughts about Health Psychology Doug Cort, PhD Director Psychology Section Preventive Cardiology Program UCDMC
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Behavioral Medicine Health Psychology Integration of behavioral sciences with medicine Psychology’s contributions to the enhancement of health, prevention and treatment of illness, identification of risk factors and improvement of health care system
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Historical Influences Biomedical tradition –focus on mind- body dualism (outdated) Psychosocial perspective- led to psychosomatic medicine - certain illnesses and diseases caused by psychological factors (incomplete)
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Biopsychosocial Model Health and illness influenced by biological, psychological and social factors
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Areas of interest for practitioners Heath behavior and prevention Modifiable risk factors (e.g. smoking,activity level, diet) Behavior change as prevention Stress and disease Direct effects of disease through psychobiological effects of stress and negative emotions Psychosocial aspects of medical illness and care Emotional and social impact of CHD on patients and families and effect on adherence to behavior change
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