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Psychological Bases of Medicine

Code 15102
Year 2
Semester A1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(50H)/TC(10H)/TP(10H)
Scientific area Human Sciences
Entry requirements There are no entry requirements
Learning outcomes To describe concepts and psychological processes relevant to medicine;To relate contents of psychology/behavioral sciences with medicine; To present the perspective of psychological development throughout the life cycle; To relate the characteristics of psychological development in childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age with clinical practice: attitudes, and doctor-patient communication and relationship. To define and characterize health psychology, its key concepts and domains; To describe behavioral and emotional aspects involved in health and disease; To explain with reason the relationship between psychological factors, health behaviors and change; To describe the framework, basic concepts and models of interpersonal communication; To describe and discuss the importance of communication skills in the doctor-patient relationship, health promotion and the inter-professional relationships; To formulate own
goals for learning and development in the field of communication skills.
Syllabus 1 - Psychological development throughout the life cycle. Introductory aspects to the study of psychological
development. Cognitive and psychosocial development during childhood. Cognitive and psychosocial development during adolescence. Cognitive development in adulthood and old age. Developmental aspects and practice of medicine and clinical relationship;
2 - Health Psychology. Introduction to health psychology. Stress, coping and health. Health behaviors and behavior change. Brief proactive counseling;
3 - Psychology of health communication. Communication: framework and basic concepts. Communication skills and patient-doctor relationship. Clinical interview. Basic communication skills in specific situations in clinical practice. Interprofessional collaborative practice.
Main Bibliography Ayers, S. & Visser, R. (2021). Psychology for Medicine and Healthcare (3rd Ed). Sage;
Barlow, H. S. (2014) (Ed). The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology (Updated Ed.). OUP;
Dainton, M. & Zelley E. D. (2019). Applying Communication Theory for Professional Life: A Practical Introduction (4th Ed.). Sage;
Friedman, H. S. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology. OUP;
Interprofessional Education Collaborative (2016). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. Author;
Ogden, J. (2019). Health Psychology (6th Ed). OUPl;
Papalia, D., Feldman, R. & Martorell, G. (2021). Experience Human Development (14th Ed). McGraw-Hill;
Mason, P. (2018). Health Behaviour Change – A Guide for Practitioners (3rd Ed). Churchill Livingstone;
Servellen, G. (2020). Communication Skills for the Health Care Professional: Concepts, Practice, And Evidence (3rd Ed). Jones & Bartlett;
Washer, P. (2009) (Ed.). Clinical Communications Skills. OUP.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Student-centered methodologies are used that require their active participation in the learning process. The class is divided into groups, each group with one tutor.
According to the contents, goals are established that the student must achieve, over 5 phases: 1) Mentoring: 2) self-learning period, and theoretical-practical activities, 3) Mentoring: 4) Period of self-learning: 5) Assessment of knowledge.
Teaching-learning activities are continuously assessed using three partial content assessments and an integrated assessment at the end of the process, considering all content. The assessment of attitudes in contact sessions is also considered. The assessment is made using tests consisting of multiple-choice items from vignettes with clinical cases and description of relevant situations according to the content.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-17

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