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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.M16
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: OGDEN J Prof (Psychology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern
Units of Assessment  
Percentage Weighting  
Practical Exercise  
Presentation – 10 minutes  
 Essay - 2000 words  
Module Overview

First degree in Psychology

Module Aims
This module aims to cover psychological factors that influence the patient's passage through the health care system. Topics covered in the module are in accordance with requirements (Stage 1) of the BPS’s Division of Health Psychology accreditation criteria that are prerequisite for Chartered Health Status.  This module addresses the familiarity and understanding of component 10 (Core Curriculum) Health care contexts: communication in health care settings, aspects of women’s health care, the impact of hospitalisation on adults and children, preparation for stressful medical procedures, giving bad news, adherence, communication and patient satisfaction, and placebos.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
•    understand psychological theories of relevance to provision of patient care.
•    understand why some people do not adhere to treatment recommendations.
•    describe and analyse research relating to palliative care.
•    understand the importance of non-specific aspects of care.
•    describe and criticise theory and research relating to doctor-patient communication, satisfaction and compliance.
•    describe and criticise theory and research relating to preparing patients for surgery.
•    describe theory and research relating to miscarriage, termination and pregnancy.

Module Content
Week 1:    Doctor-patient communication
Week 2:    End of life/bereavement/palliative care
Week 3:    Women health issues: miscarriage, termination and pregnancy
Week 4:    Adherence to treatment
Week 5:    Screening
Week 6:    Preparation for surgery
Week 7:    Cost of caring
Week 8:    Ethnicity and health care
Week 9:    Non-specific aspects of care
Week 10:    Practical Exercise: Presentations (two parallel sessions)
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and student presentations

Selected Texts/Journals
Essential reading
Ogden, J. (2007). Health Psychology: A Textbook.  Open University Press. (Weeks 1, 3,4, 6 & 9).
Edelmann, R.E. (2000) Psychological Aspects of the Health Care Process.  Prentice Hall (all weeks).

Background reading
Berry, D. (2004) Risk, Communication and Health Psychology.  OUP. (Weeks 1, 2, 4,9).
Ley, P. (1997).  Communicating with Patients. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes (Week 1).
Pendleton, D. (1983).  Doctor-Patient Communication. London: Academic Press. (Week 1).  (Out of print but 3 copies in Library) 
Salmon, P. (2000). Psychology of Medicine and Surgery. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. (Weeks 1 & 6).
Last Updated
11th August 2010