This comprehensive yet practical handbook consolidates information needed by health psychologists working alongside other healthcare professionals. It facilitates the progression of the learner from the classroom to the clinical setting by focusing on the translation of science to practice using practical examples. The Handbook is divided into four major parts. Part I highlights practical issues faced by health psychologists in a medical setting (how to motivate patients, consultation-liaison, assessment and screening, brief psychotherapies, ethical issues, etc.) Part II concentrates on treating unhealthy behaviors (alcohol and nicotine use, noncompliance, overeating/obesity, physical inactivity, stress). Part III considers behavioral aspects of medical problems (pain management, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, sexual dysfunction, HIV/AIDS, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia). And Part IV takes up special issues relevant to practice and research in the field (minority issues, women’s issues, working with geriatric populations, public health approaches to health psychology and behavioral medicine). The Handbook will prove to be an invaluable resource for those already working in the field of health psychology as well as for those in training.
Chapter 22: Ethical Issues for Clinicians in Behavioral Medicine Settings
Ethical Issues for Clinicians in Behavioral Medicine Settings
The continued expansion and integration of health psychology into medical settings raises complex practical, ethical, and professional issues. Much has been written on the logistics of integrating psychology into medicine with ethical issues often overlooked. The “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” (American Psychological Association [APA], 1992) is applicable to all psychologists, including those in medical and health settings. It is expected that psychologists guide their practice based on the principles of competence (Principle A), integrity (Principle B), professional and scientific responsibility (Principle C), respect for people's rights and dignity (Principle D), concern for others' welfare (Principle E), and social responsibility (Principle F) (for a complete description of ...