The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care

Herausgeber: Olle Jane Z. Sahler, John E. Carr, Julia B. Frank, João V. Nunes




A clearly structured, compact text on the behavioral sciences for medical and other health professions, including practical features such as chapter review questions and an annotated practice exam.

This edition of this easy-to-use text presents succinct information about the wide variety of neurological, social, and psychological sciences that interact with the biological sciences in contributing to health and illness.
Based around but expanding on the Integrated Sciences Model, and focusing on the Institute of Medicine’s key themes for medical training, this new edition is organized in sections covering:

• Brain Systems
• Homeostatic Systems and Disorders
• Individual-Environment Interaction
• Development Through the Life Cycle
• Social and Cultural Issues
• Societal and Behavioral Health Challenges
• The Health Care System, Policy, and Economics
• The Clinical Relationship
• Psychopathology

New chapters deal with Physician Health, Impairment, and Misconduct; the Psychiatric Evaluation, Principles of Psychotherapy; Nutrition, Metabolism, and Feeding Disorders; Somatization and Somatoform Disorders; Adjustment Disorders, Bereavement, and Demoralization; and a new look at the U.S. Health Care System. Clear appendices review principles of epidemiology and bio-statistics.

Each chapter begins with guidance questions and ends with current recommended readings and review questions. A complete 350+ question-and-answer multiple choice-type review section not only allows readers to assess how well they have learned the material, but also highlights important points and adds additional specific information to supplement the text. The authors of this text are experienced teachers and researchers drawn from the membership of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSAME) as well as other health care educators who are national and international experts in the behavioral sciences.

Note for students and teachers using the chapter review questions in The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care (3rd ed.), edited by OJ Sahler & J. Carr (ISBN 978-0-88937-433-1, eBook PDF ISBN 978-1-61676-433-3, eBook EPUB ISBN 978-1-61334-433-0):
After the publication of the book a number of errors in the answer key to the review questions of the chapters have been found. The affected keys and answers are listed in the erratum.

Qualifying faculty members are welcome to examine this book to see if it is suitable for teaching purposes. Request your examination copy here!

From the first editor:

"This revision has been streamlined to allow for several new chapters, such as an in-depth look at provider impairment as well as updates on obesity, palliative care, and complementary medicine. In addition, the 350+ question-and-answer review section continues to provide concise discussions of specific topics that supplement the text.
“In keeping with ABSAME’s future new name as the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Health Professions Education (ABSAHPE), we are convinced that this latest edition will lend itself ideally to teaching behavioral sciences for anyone pursuing a career in one of the health professions, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, social work and other allied health professions, osteopathy, and chiropractic. After all, the principles that are the foundation of any effective, compassionate provider–patient relationship are fundamental to all our professions. So, too, are the societal barriers to proving excellent health care that can affect all healing relationships."

O. J. Sahler (Editor)

Praise for this edition:

"This text should be required reading for all health sciences students and their faculties, as we move toward a system of truly collaborative, interprofessional health care delivery."
DeWitt C. Baldwin, Jr., MD, Professor emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV

"The person, the patient, must be the focus of health care, not the system or the profession. This outstanding book by O.J. Sahler, MD, and Jack Carr, PhD, and its integrated sciences model go a long way towards making this a reality."
Albert H. Eaton, PhD, M.Div, President of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSAME)

"This volume has no peer in educating aspiring physicians in how a biopsychosocial understanding of medicine's challenges is the only approach a thoroughly prepared medical practitioner can take."
Edward P. Sheridan, PhD, LHD, ABPP, former Chief of Psychiatry Outpatient Services and Professor and Chairman of the Division of Psychology at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL; currently, University Professor, Senior Vice President, and Provost Emeritus at the University of Houston, TX

"An outstanding integration of the most up-to-date scientific knowledge gathered across disciplines. A wonderful textbook and reference for primary care providers."
Pat DeLeon, PhD, MPH, JD, former President of the American Psychological Association

"This is a wonderful volume incorporating information normally found in separate textbooks for psychiatry residents, graduate students in clinical psychology, health psychology, social work, and public health."
Barry A. Hong, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Washington University, St. Louis, MO

"A valuable resource for any clinician working in a medical setting. I plan to use it with all interns as part of their orientation process for working in the medical setting."
Rosemary Oliva Obi, MS, LCAT, MT-BC, Music Therapist, University of Rochester Medical Center Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY

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