Do we need psychology in medicine? Considerations for a Singapore context

Ndukwe, Nenna (2012) Do we need psychology in medicine? Considerations for a Singapore context. International Journal of Psychology, 47 (supp 1). p. 745.

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Abstract

It is well recognized that chronic medical conditions can have a significant impact on an individual's emotional wellbeing. In particular, medical conditions can generate psychological issues such as anxiety and depression, which in turn could precipitate poor coping, poor adjustment and non adherence to treatment. In addition, concerns around prognosis and diagnosis are often central to the psychological problems associated with chronic illness. Thus, there has been considerable interest in the services of clinical psychologists within medical settings globally. However, few studies have explored the value of clinical psychology in Asian medical settings. This presentation reviews the existing literature and discusses the value of clinical psychology in medical settings in Singapore, where the profession is still being established. The objective was to illustrate how psychological input can improve symptom management, quality of life, and adherence to treatment in medical settings in Singapore. It was concluded that there is a valuable role for clinical psychologists in Singaporean medical settings. Psychological management can improve symptom management, quality of life, adherence to treatment and self efficacy.

Item ID: 24686
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1464-066X
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2013 01:26
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 100%
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