- Format: PDF
- 2 Volumes
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (May 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- 1112 pages
- ISBN-10: 1118453999
- ISBN-13: 978-1118453995
Handbook of Behavioral Medicine presents a comprehensive overview of the current state of knowledge of behavioral science techniques in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of various health related disorders. Contributions from a wide variety of internationally recognized experts in behavioral medicine and related fields are featured, including the fields of education, social work, and physical therapy. Foundational issues in behavioral medicine are explored in Volume One, including various topics relating to concepts, theories, treatments, doctor/patient relationships, common medical problems, behavioral technologies, assessment, and methodologies. The focus of Volume Two is on medical interface, addressing a variety of issues relating to health disorders and specialties; social work, medical sociology, and psychosocial aspects; and topics relating to education and health. With its authoritative and innovative coverage of all aspects of this rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field, Handbook of Behavioral Medicine is an invaluable resource for clinical professionals and researchers concerned with the treatment of sickness and training of health professionals.
- Features contributions from a variety of internationally recognized experts in behavioral medicine and related fields
- Includes authors from education, social work, and physical therapy
- Addresses foundational issues in behavioral medicine in Volume 1, including concepts, theories, treatments, doctor/patient relationships, common medical problems, behavioral technologies, assessment, and methodologies
- Focuses on medical interface in Volume 2, including issues relating to health disorders and specialties; social work, medical sociology, and psychosocial aspects; and topics relating to education and health
“Behavioral medicine” is a shining example of a popular buzzword: translational research – the transfer of laboratory science to the patient’s bedside. The behavioral emphasis in behavioral medicine continues to enjoy considerable activity in research, publications, and, most importantly, in clinical applications. For years, if not centuries, there has been a continuing interest in the phenomena associated with the variables responsible for the maintenance and change of human and animal behaviors, and the field is currently witnessing more sophisticated conceptualizations and interactions involving biochemistry, genetics, and immunology along with refined technologies with which to study traditional nervous system and physiological functions (Mandell, 1985). Rigor in the conduct of clinical trials has become an expected standard, and efficacy criteria for accepting alternatives to exclusive reliance on drug and surgical solutions increasingly have been met with acceptance from the medical community – criteria such as statistical significance compared to control groups, similar efficacious results reported from replications, confirmation of efficacy following long-term follow up, and the absence of contraindications (Shellenberger, Amar, Schneider, & Turner, 1994). As the separate specialties of enquiry and experimentation went their own ways, the professions of psychology, nursing, social work, sociology, public health, physical and occupational health, rehabilitation, and others became identified with their own disciplinary flavors of clinical health activities. Each, in its own way, contributed significantly to nurture behavioral medicine as an interdisciplinary field, by integrating theory and practice from the social and behavioral sciences. Although still a relatively young area of specialization, behavioral medicine has been cited as “the third therapeutic revolution in the history of medicine,” following the surgical and chemical revolutions (Basmajian, 1999), and the pages of this volume try to capture selected highlights of this revolutionary adventure – revolutionary for both traditional medicine and for the social sciences. This handbook is organized to provide a survey of representative areas of research and application in behavioral medicine that are relevant for the practicing clinician, and that can enhance the performance of the health professional. It is hoped that the handbook will inspire sharing of ideas, developing research and clinical collaborations, undertaking coordinated training, and the management of clinics across the separate disciplines in medicine and the social sciences.
David I. Mostofsky is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory for Behavioral Medicine Research at Boston University. He has written more than 100 journal articles, monographs and chapters in edited volumes describing his research.