The leading book on the full range of behavioral issues confronting primary care clinicians. This book covers the psychosocial problems commonly seen in primary care practice and presents clinically relevant approaches to their solution. With clinical vignettes included throughout, this text features strategies for building a strong physician-patient relationship and coverage of commonly encountered psychiatric illnesses.
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Use a Behavioral Medicine Approach to Improve Clinical Outcome
“All primary care physicians, their residents, and students would benefit from the central message of this book: medical practice occurs in the context of the physician-patient relationship, and only by understanding, managing, and using that relationship in an ethical, supportive, and effective fashion can primary care practice be conducted appropriately.
-- Journal of General Internal Medicine *
“Cohesively edited...bolstered by clinical vignettes...well positioned as an introduction for the physician-teacher and physician-in-training to the demands of the expanding role of physician as therapist....[Other texts] are not directed at the physician-in-training, are not case based, and are not as useful as a quick reference.”
-- Annals of Internal Medicine *
“An excellent resource...Our family practice residency program has recently adopted this text as the primary resource for our behavioral science curriculum and provides each resident with a copy. It would be similarly useful for internists, nurse practitioners, and other primary care practitioners in training...Primary care health psychologists, medical school faculty, and others needing a compact and useful reference in this area will find this book highly valuable.”
-- Annals of Behavioral Science & Medical Education *
“Doctors Feldman and Christensen have done primary care practice a good and important service with the publication of their book. It remains for clinicians and teachers to open their minds and practices to the ideas within it.”
-- From the Foreword, by Steven A. Schroeder, MD * Of the first edition.
Authored by nationally recognized experts, this outstanding reference offers essential behavioral insights and practical management strategies that will help clinicians and students build a strong relationship with their patients and ensure that they provide the best possible treatment for medical and psychiatric disorders. No other resource so effectively examines how behavior – from the standpoint of the clinician as well as the patient – affects treatment decisions and results.
Features and Topics Covered:
*New chapter on “Complementary & Alternative Medicine”
*All chapters substantially revised and updated
*Up-to-date information on psychopharmacologic treatment of psychiatric illnesses
*Greater emphasis on evidence-based medicine
*Practical approach to behavior change
*Mental disorders as they commonly occur in medical practice
*Issues in the relationship between provider and patient
*Adherence to medical treatment
*Care of the dying
*Dealing with medical errors
*Updated references and web resources
Mitchell D. Feldman, MD, MPhil Associate Professor of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine Department of Medicine UCSF School of Medicine San Francisco, California
Department of Medicine Legacy Portland Hospitals Portland, Oregon
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