Treatment of Chronic Medical Conditions: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Strategies and Integrative Treatment Protocols

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Overview

Treatment of Chronic Medical Conditions: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Strategies and Integrative Treatment Protocols provides clinicians with focused cognitive-behavioral strategies and integrative treatment protocols for 10 of the most common chronic medical conditions that the psychotherapist is likely to encounter. These include arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiac disease, chronic pain, diabetes, epilepsy, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, and lupus. The strategies and protocols tailored for these conditions are illustrated with extensive case studies and session transcriptions that make the treatment process tangible and results oriented. In addition, the book offers guidelines for dealing with such issues as illness denial, noncompliance, and challenges to life meaning that often stand in the way of patients leading full lives, despite their chronic illnesses.
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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Chronic illness is an increasing problem in medicine, sometimes with few answers from a physiological point of view. The need for psychological intervention is paramount to assist these patients to optimize treatment and quality of life. This book details such psychological interventions.
Purpose: It provides psychotherapists with a range of cognitive-behavioral intervention options for treating patients with some of the most common chronic illnesses.
Audience: The audience includes primarily psychologists in primary care settings, but psychologists in other settings, as well as other mental health workers, will also find this of value. The author has published in this area and is active in training mental health professionals.
Features: The first chapter reminds clinicians of the biopsychosocial model, rather than a purely medical or psychological explanation for symptoms. Useful sample dialogues help clinicians answer tough questions that are often presented by patients in the primary care context. The second chapter focuses on assessment, but is more of a general guide to assessment rather than providing instruction for specific instruments. Subsequent chapters offer further guidance on the challenging problems of illness denial and treatment compliance, using case examples and sample dialogues. The later chapters address 10 of the most common chronic illnesses, such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and chronic pain. Each of these chapters includes an overview of the epidemiology, different types, potential causes or contributors, and approaches to treating the disease. If appropriate, brief reviews of medical and pharmacological treatment options are included as well. The case examples and dialogues continue, but each chapter also includes a summary table that hits upon key points. The references are current and the index is extensive.
Assessment: This well written guide to the basic therapeutic concepts that underlie the psychological treatment of chronic illnesses serves as a primer for specific interventions. Although the book is not a step-by-step resource, the case examples and sample dialogues are an excellent method to enhance learning for both experienced clinicians and students new to this field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433803895
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,072,537
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I Treatment of Chronic Medical Conditions 7

Ch. 1 Therapeutic Relationship, Case Conceptualization, and Illness Representation 9

Ch. 2 Assessment and Interventions 25

II Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Strategies 41

Ch. 3 Illness Acceptance Intervention Strategy 43

Ch. 4 Compliance Enhancement 55

Ch. 5 Symptom Reduction 65

Ch. 6 Spirituality and Life Meaning 77

III Integrative Treatment Protocols 87

Ch. 7 Arthritis 89

Ch. 8 Asthma 105

Ch. 9 Cancer 119

Ch. 10 Cardiac Disease 135

Ch. 11 Chronic Pain 153

Ch. 12 Diabetes 173

Ch. 13 Epilepsy 189

Ch. 14 Hypertension 207

Ch. 15 Irritable Bowel Syndrome 221

Ch. 16 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 235

References 251

Index 273

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