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This unit aims to explore the relationship between physical and psychological health and illness. The key components of this relationship will be explored from both a theoretical and clinical perspective. These concepts include how psychological factors affect physical health, how physical illness can lead to psychological disturbance and the nature of somatisation. Common medical conditions with psychological associations will also be reviewed.
The activities of psychiatrists within general medical settings will be explored. This will include the clinical process of the consultation liaison assesment, the application of neuropsychological testing and the nature of interventions. Issues of communication, treatment adherence and relationship difficulties in medical settings will be addressed.
Intended learning outcomes
- Examine the relationship between physical health and psychological states
- Describe how psychological factors may affect physical health and illness
- Describe common organic psychiatric disorders
- Describe the major psychiatric disorders in which physical symptoms are a major component
- Appraise the role of psychiatry within the general hospital setting
- Examine how Consultation-Liaison interventions may affect physical and psychological outcomes
Last updated: 3 November 2022