Psychological Care in Physical Illness


Keith A Nichols, University of Exeter, England


This controversial book argues that the level and quality of psychological care offered in most general hospitals is surprisingly low and that the impersonal treatment-oriented approach that is prevalent today can actually generate or intensify psychological damage.
Written for all health care professionals, this book proposes an alternative approach based on "caring medicine" where preventive psychological care is provided on a routine basis for all seriously ill patients. It explains what can be done and how to do it, offering specific, hands-on instruction in the basic skills of emotional care and counseling. The text is exemplified with case histories, transcripts, actual dialogues between doctor/nurse and client as well as questions and answers.

Softcover. 208 pages. ISBN 0-914783-06-8. List Price: $21.95