Clinical Health Psychology and Primary Care: Practical Advice and Clinical Guidance for Successful Collaboration

Pages: 263
Item #: 4317005
ISBN: 978-1-55798-989-5
List Price: $29.95
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Copyright: 2003
Format: Hardcover
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Clinical Health Psychology and Primary Care offers practical guidance on establishing an integrated primary care health psychology practice. The authors describe common medical treatments to help psychologists collaborate in an informed manner with physician colleagues on such common health complaints and diseases as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, asthma, obesity, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Each chapter also covers the psychosocial and behavioral factors related to the condition, and biopsychosocial strategies that can be used by psychologists to intervene within the context of a primary care appointment. Some chapters can also help psychologists in working with patients to modify such health-compromising behaviors as tobacco use, excessive alcohol or drug use, and physical inactivity, and to help patients cope with chronic or terminal illness.

This book will promote health psychology research and clinical practice in the primary care setting for the benefit of both patients and physicians.

Table of Contents



  1. Clinical Health Psychology in the Primary Care Setting: An Overview
  2. Establishing a Primary Care Psychology Service
  3. Diabetes Mellitus
  4. Hypertension
  5. Cardiovascular Disease
  6. Asthma
  7. Acute and Chronic Pain Conditions
  8. Insomnia
  9. Obesity
  10. Gastrointestinal Disorders
  11. Health-Compromising Behaviors
  12. High Utilizers of Primary Care Services
  13. Coping with Chronic or Terminal Illness
  14. Future Trends and Opportunities


About the Authors

Author Bios

Robert J. Gatchel, PhD, is currently the Elizabeth H. Penn Professor of Clinical Psychology and professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he is the director of graduate clinical research in the Division of Clinical Psychology. He is also the program director at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the Medical Center. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (Health Psychology) and is on the board of directors of the American Board of Clinical Health Psychology.

He has conducted extensive clinical research, much of it supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on the psychophysiology of stress and emotion; the comorbidity of psychological and physical health disorders; and the etiology, assessment, and treatment of chronic stress and pain behavior. He is also the recipient of consecutive Research Scientist Development Awards from NIH.

He has published more than 250 scientific articles and book chapters and has authored or edited 20 books, including An Introduction to Health Psychology (with A. Baum and D. Krantz), Psychophysiological Disorders: Research and Clinical Applications (with E. Blanchard), and Psychological Approaches to Pain Management: A Practitioner's Handbook (with D. Turk).

Mark S. Oordt, PhD, is a clinical health psychologist in San Antonio, Texas. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (Health Psychology) and a fellow of the American Academy of Health Psychology. He has experience as a practicing primary care psychologist and in establishing new behavioral health services in medical settings. He also conducts training and supervision with behavioral health providers working in primary care clinics and provides consultation to established integrated care practices.