Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness is an accessible and engaging introduction to the interrelationships between mind and body across a broad range of topics including infectious illness, autoimmunity, cancer and pain. Taking a biopsychosocial approach, it brings together research from a number of disciplines including health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and behavioral genetics. The textbook presents established theoretical models relevant to psychobiological processes in health and illness, as well as recent developments in systems, technologies and intervention methods.

Methodological Issues in Psychobiological Research
Methodological issues in psychobiological research


In this chapter we discuss methodological issues in psychobiological research. For example, how can we determine conclusively if and how psychobiological processes influence health? Might these processes explain the influence of other individual or demographic differences on health? How can psychobiological research be translated into effective patient interventions?

Drawing on the research and theories presented in previous chapters, we present a more detailed discussion of factors acting as barriers and drivers of achieving a biopsychosocial approach to disease management. The biopsychosocial model (presented in Chapter 1) is revisited here as we consider whether or not this is really a model at all.

Learning Outcomes

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