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 26: Public Health Approaches: Finding the Interface With Health Psychology

Public Health Approaches: Finding the Interface With Health Psychology

Public health approaches: Finding the interface with health psychology

After decades of delivering psychological services primarily in the form of psychotherapy, the settings and scope of psychological practice have expanded into health care, work site, organizational, and community settings (Tucker, 1999). Health psychology research and practice have been vital to this trend, and many of the innovations have been concerned with understanding and modifying relations among health, disease, and behavior. Services that support health behavior change now span interventions that vary in scope, intensity, cost-effectiveness, target audience, and population impact. Services range from individual clinical services to focused interventions for select risk groups to brief, low-intensity interventions for communities or populations.

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