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Group Therapy for Medically Ill Patients
     

Group Therapy for Medically Ill Patients

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by James L. Spira
 

Psychosocial support for medically ill patients is rapidly becoming an integral part of treatment in hospitals and clinics worldwide, yet no comprehensive resources are available for clinicians on the practice and benefits of group therapy in medical settings. Filling a crucial gap, this timely volume presents state of the art information and detailed therapeutic

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Psychosocial support for medically ill patients is rapidly becoming an integral part of treatment in hospitals and clinics worldwide, yet no comprehensive resources are available for clinicians on the practice and benefits of group therapy in medical settings. Filling a crucial gap, this timely volume presents state of the art information and detailed therapeutic models for a wide range of group interventions across a variety of life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and coronary disease, as well as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and substance abuse. In clearly written chapters bolstered by the latest findings in the field, experienced group leaders and researchers demonstrate the efficacy of their time-and cost-effective methods for improving patients' quality of life and physical health.

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Reviewer: Sara J. Knight, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: his book focuses on the use of therapy groups for patients with illness and health-related problems. In its introductory chapter, it details conceptual issues and practical concerns in design of groups for medical patients. The remaining six chapters consider groups used in the treatment of a variety of health and illness problems, including HIV, cancer, and substance abuse. Each chapter provides a thorough description of group content and process and presents empirical evidence for the efficacy of group therapy.
Purpose: Evolving from a symposium presented at an annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the editor's purpose was to bring together the foremost clinician researchers working with therapy groups in medical illness. The authors attempt to provide a comprehensive view of the clinical methods involved in their studies of therapy groups — a rare find in the literature. Each chapter aims to integrate research data on the psychological, social, physiological, and health outcomes of groups.
Audience: Directed toward practitioners and scientist practitioners, the book is relevant to psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, and chaplains. Students and experienced practitioners will find the book understandable and useful. The authors are highly credible and are leaders in behavioral medicine.
Features: Many tables and figures supplement the text. The introductory chapter, in particular, contains a large number of tables and figures on the conceptual basis for group work in health and illness. The authors make excellent use of case material. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents and index are well organized and clear.
Assessment: This is an outstanding reference that would be a valuable addition to medical, behavioral, and social science libraries. Students, interns, and experienced professionals will likely find the description of group content and process enlightening. Scientists interested in expanding upon the findings of these authors will appreciate the detail of clinical methods.
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Sara J. Knight
his book focuses on the use of therapy groups for patients with illness and health-related problems. In its introductory chapter, it details conceptual issues and practical concerns in design of groups for medical patients. The remaining six chapters consider groups used in the treatment of a variety of health and illness problems, including HIV, cancer, and substance abuse. Each chapter provides a thorough description of group content and process and presents empirical evidence for the efficacy of group therapy. Evolving from a symposium presented at an annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the editor's purpose was to bring together the foremost clinician researchers working with therapy groups in medical illness. The authors attempt to provide a comprehensive view of the clinical methods involved in their studies of therapy groups — a rare find in the literature. Each chapter aims to integrate research data on the psychological, social, physiological, and health outcomes of groups. Directed toward practitioners and scientist practitioners, the book is relevant to psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, and chaplains. Students and experienced practitioners will find the book understandable and useful. The authors are highly credible and are leaders in behavioral medicine. Many tables and figures supplement the text. The introductory chapter, in particular, contains a large number of tables and figures on the conceptual basis for group work in health and illness. The authors make excellent use of case material. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents and index are well organized and clear. This is an outstandingreference that would be a valuable addition to medical, behavioral, and social science libraries. Students, interns, and experienced professionals will likely find the description of group content and process enlightening. Scientists interested in expanding upon the findings of these authors will appreciate the detail of clinical methods.
Booknews
Describes various approaches for using group therapy to help improve quality of life for medically ill patients. Contains sections on preventing onset and recurrence of illness, coping with life- threatening illness, and treating behaviors that interfere with health, with chapters on cognitive-behavioral interventions for patients with HIV, existential therapy for advanced breast cancer, and interactive group therapy for substance abusers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572301689
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


James L. Spira, Ph.D., M.P.H, a licensed psychologist and educator, received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, and post-doctoral training in psychiatry from Stanford University. The author of dozens of publications in health psychology, he has served on the faculty of Duke University, where he was director in the Program of Health Psychology. He is currently Director of the Institute for Health Psychology in San Diego, leads groups at Scripps Clinic and Research Institute, and is consultant for the American Psychological Association Group Psychotherapy demonstration project for women with breast cancer.

Dr. Spira is author of several books, including Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder (Guilford, 1996), and the upcoming Existential Psychotherapy for Illness and Loss (American Psychological Association Press, due late 1997).

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Group Therapy for Medically Ill Patients 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first came upon this book after a seminar I took with Dr. Spira at the American Psychological Association annual meeting. It has served me very well in developing groups for a range of medically ill patients, and I've used it as a textbook in courses for graduate students. I highly recomend this for any clinician or teacher.