Health Care Psychology

Objective: students gain basic information and knowledge in the field of applied psychological disciplines. Based on better understanding of needs and feeling of a patient, these psychological disciplines contribute to higher quality of health care services.

Annotation: the subject follows recent global trends in health care with emphasis on bio-psycho-social attitudes to patients. Students will get acquainted with personal features, self-cognition, subjective perception and coping with diseases, with psychological aspects of various diseases (including psychological disturbances) and their therapy, with psychological issues in drug dispensing. Also required personality features and important parts of the professional role of health care workers (pharmacists) are discussed.

Syllabus

  • Relation to the other psychological sciences
  • Possibilities of psychology application in health care
  • Methods commonly used in diagnostic and research
  • Psychical events and processes, personality and individuality
  • Cognition and self-cognition
  • Solution of difficult life situations – stress, frustration, conflicts
  • Health, illness and disease, problem of normality
  • Psychology of a patient
  • Pain, anxiety and fear perception
  • Psychological aspects of treatment, medicaments and dispensation
  • Professional role and personality of a pharmacist
  • Relations between patients and pharmacist
  • Health Psychology
  • Ethicotherapy, Energy and Budhist psychology

Literature

  1. Hargie, O.D.W. (Ed.): The Handbook of Communication Skills. London, Routledge 1997
  2. Sheridan, C.L., Radmacher, S.A. Health Psychology. New York: Wiley, 1992.

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