Behavioral sciences for the next generation of health care providers
The fourth edition of The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care provides trainees in every area of health care with foundational concepts of behavioral science as applied to individual and population health and disease. The text breathes new life into the biopsychosocial model by highlighting the integrated sciences model, which focuses on interdependence of the contributions made by all of the sciences basic to medicine. This integration is exemplified by the unifying conceptual framework of evolutionary science, in which increasingly complex gene–individual–environmental interactions explain behavior at the individual and social level.
Concise, updated chapters cover foundational elements of neuroscience, stress biology, normal psychology, and social factors in health care, addressing both traditional areas of behavioral science and topical concerns such as pain, palliative care, addictions, health care disparities, and violence. Uniquely among books of this kind, the text includes a thorough discussion of psychiatric disorders and therapies, aligned with current nosology (DSM-5). All chapters contain clinical pearls or vignettes, highlighted to emphasize applications in health care settings, as well as review questions and suggestions for further reading. A practice exam with extensive discussion of answers deepens students’ understanding of core topics while preparing them for certifying and licensing exams.
This text is particularly suited for use in systems-based and case-based curricula. Individual chapters can be used creatively in flipped classrooms and other active learning environments. Accessible and clear, without oversimplification, the book facilitates interdisciplinary education, providing a common core of knowledge for students in medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and other health care professions.
From the reviews
"The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care is a powerful textbook that advocates the collaborative health care model [and] resonates with the goals stated in the APA/APM report Dissemination of Integrated Care within Adult Primary Care Settings: The Collaborative Care Model. It is a superb source of information for providers in the medical system as well as for medical educators.
"As the summary suggests, this book attempts to cover the entire breadth of behavioral health in less than 500 pages [10 sections and 52 chapters]. Despite its broad topic coverage, the content of the text book is accessible. The chapters are clear and thorough, without extraneous information, and include brief case examples, explanatory tables and figures, and questions at the end of each chapter to enhance knowledge acquisition. The book ends with a 334-item questionnaire and a detailed answer key, that will be useful to educators in all of the health professions.
"Overall, The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care is an excellent reference book for students interested in behavioral health, medical educators who weave behavioral health and social sciences into their curriculum, for family-oriented primary care practitioners, and, last but not the least, for members or prospective members of integrated or collaborative care teams, the wave of the future."
Reviewed by Jacqueline Posada, MD, in Washington Psychiatrist, Vol. 7, 2018
"[D]efinitely a book that I would want in my library. It is well written, approachable, and provides an overview of topics to which medical students and residents do not often get exposure. Furthermore, it is well organized with generous use of headings, pop outs for focusing your perusal, and end of chapter questions. Its integrative approach provides a single source for exposure to the basic concepts surrounding and diverse approaches to behavioral health ]...]".
Jarrad W Morgan, JD, DO, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, in Doody's Book Reviews, 2017
Praise for the book
"The fourth edition of this text book continues the wonderful tradition of providing for students of medicine and other health professions, in a single source, information usually found in textbooks from various disciplines, including psychology, biology, health psychology, public health, and clinical medicine."
Barry A. Hong, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Washington University, St. Louis, MO
"This book is wonderful for fourth-year medical students no matter what field they are going into, generalists in pediatrics, internal medicine and family medicine, as well as all health professionals who are interested in a holistic and scientific approach to the healing process."
Benjamin Siegel, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, MA
"In the context of an increasingly wide recognition of the significance of behavioral and social sciences in medical and health education and practice, this excellent text book should be required reading for all students involved in health care – and indeed for practitioners."
Jeni Harden, PhD, MPH, MA, Director of Education, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK
"The text’s clinical vignettes provide vivid, real-life applicability for both aspiring and seasoned colleagues."
Patrick DeLeon, PhD, MPH, JD, former President of the American Psychological Association