Problem-based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry / Edition 1

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Problem-Based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry Edited by Anthony Guerrero, University of Hawaii, Honolulu Melissa Piasecki, University of Nevada, Reno In keeping with the growing emphasis on psychiatry in the medical school curriculum, problem-based learning (PBL) offers students a unique patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to study and the synthesis of knowledge. The first text fully consistent with PBL models and methods, Problem-Based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry is a clinically robust resource for both the medical and the behavioral science student. Over 40 contributors, many themselves graduates of PBL medical schools, apply problem-based learning methods to specific psychiatric disorders, general clinical issues, and bedrock physician skills such as the intake interview and treatment planning. The book's fictional case vignettes illustrate typical patient scenarios, providing real-world context for content areas, and accompanying case diagrams show the relationships between patient behavior and underlying neurobiological structures. Each student-friendly section ends with helpful review questions. A sampling of the content areas covered: Childhood development and brain development. Major psychological illnesses, including personality, mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Stress, substance abuse, and violence. Eating, sleep, and sexual disorders. Coping skills and treatment compliance. End-of-life care. PLUS chapters on cultural sensitivity, ethical concerns, and the physician/patient relationship. This book makes an excellent prep/review text for psychiatry residents preparing for the USMCE Step 3 exam and third- and fourth-year medical students preparing for the USMLE Step 1 and 2 exams, as well as being suited to graduate students in psychology or clinical social work. Problem-Based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry encourages lifelong learning and helps build the foundation for a life

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book discusses problem-based learning (PBL) methods and how to apply them when learning behavioral science and psychiatry.
Purpose: According to the editors, the purpose is to offer a problem-based learning approach for students studying psychiatry and the behavioral sciences. As PBL is becoming more common in many medical schools, this is certainly a worthy objective, and the authors/editors meet it.
Audience: The editors state that this book is written for medical students and other students studying psychiatry and behavioral science. I would include anyone interested in PBL methods, as they may find it interesting as a way to learn about this technique.
Features: The book begins with a chapter on how to use the book and a review of PBL methods. The remainder is composed of numerous chapters outlining an area of interest in behavioral science, such as childhood development, the doctor-patient relationship, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and so on. Each chapter contains clinical vignettes that readers are to approach using the PBL techniques outlined in the first few chapters. Conclusions and learning issues are then presented about the vignettes, followed by review questions. Each chapter has an extensive bibliography. There are no illustrations, but numerous tables are scattered throughout. A comprehensive index ends the book.
Assessment: For students already familiar with PBL methods, or for those who wish to learn about this teaching approach, this is a good book. The rationale behind PBL is explained well, and it is quite interesting to read how this method is used in approaching psychiatric disorders. Although PBL remains somewhat controversial, students who find they learn better from this technique may want to give this book a try. I will find some of the vignettes helpful in using PBL for my own medical students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441926531
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Guerrero is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Vice-Chair for Education and Training in the Department of Psychiatry, Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, and Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He has published in the areas of medical student education and problem-based learning, Asian and Pacific Islander mental health, and the interface between primary care and psychiatry.

Dr. Piasecki is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Education at University of Nevada School of Medicine where she works extensively with medical students and residents. She has published on the Physician-Patient relationship and a number of clinical topics.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book.- Human Behavior.- Childhood Development.- Effects of Experience on Brain Development.- Learning Principles of Human Behavior.- Sexuality Throughout the Life Cycle.- Adaptation and Coping in a Medical Setting.- Violence and Abuse.- Healthcare Principles.- The Physician–Patient Relationship.- Ethics and Professionalism.- Adherence in Medicine.- Stress and Health.- Health Care 101.- Stigma and Medicine.- Culture, Ethnicity, and Medicine.- Quantitative Measures in Healthcare.- Death, Dying, and End-of-Life Care.- Behavioral Neuroscience and Clinical Psychiatry.- Basic Principles of Evaluation: Interviewing, Mental Status Examination, Differential Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning.- Disorders of Childhood.- Substance Use Disorders.- Psychotic Disorders.- Mood Disorders and Suicide.- Anxiety Disorders.- Somatoform Disorders.- Personality Disorders.- Cognitive Disorders.- Sleep Disorders.- Eating Disorders.- Sexual Disorders.- Other Disorders.

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