Applied behavioral medicine in primary care, 7.5 creditsTillämpad beteendemedicin i primärvården, 7.5 hp
This course syllabus is valid from autumn 2021.
- Course code
- Course name
- Applied behavioral medicine in primary care
- 7.5 credits
- Form of Education
- Higher Education, study regulation 2007
- Main field of study
- Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- Grading scale
- Fail (U) or pass (G)
- Department of Clinical Neuroscience
- Participating institutions
- Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
- Decided by
- Styrelsen för utbildning
- Decision date
- Revised by
- Education committee CNS
- Last revision
- Course syllabus valid from
- Autumn 2021
Specific entry requirements
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- describe theoretical knowledge in the area of behavioural medicine
- choose among different behavioural medicine methods in relation to a patient's problems and apply at least one such method with a patient
- teach a behavioural medicine method to students from a different health profession
- explain to other professional groups in what way the individual's own professional competence contributes to help the patient
- explain what the patient needs from other professions and to be able to reflect, together with other professional groups, on the best way to continue the treatment
- argue for how the primary care setting may benefit from the individual's own professional perspective regarding behavioural medicine methods
The following topics are addressed:
The meeting with the patient
- Interprofessional cooperation
- Behavioural medicine theory and practical application
- Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the primary care consultation based on the participants' previous knowledge
- Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT)
- Internet interventions
- Psychophysiology and autonomous regulation
- The importance of interoception for stress regulation, with a specific focus on mindfulness and body awareness
- Recommendations and principles for facilitating and maintaining strategies for increased physical activity
Patient problems and treatment methods
- Assessment of alcohol and drug problems
- Stress and stress treatment, including Internet-based treatment
- Treatment of sleep disorders
- Treatment of obesity in primary care
- Pain rehabilitation
- Depression and suicide prevention in primary care
- Current research in behavioural medicine
Practical exercises: The students participate actively and reflect on their own experiences in connection with practical exercises.
Clinical practicum: Each student is paired with a student from another occupational group. The pair meets with a patient on three occasions. If the number of students is uneven, the problem for the student concerned is resolved by individual solutions. An example of an individual solution can be that the student sees the patient alone with extended supervision from another occupational group, or that some students collaborate around two patients. Practicum supervision is given to the extent possible by two clinicians from the different professional groups (physician/psychologist/physiotherapist) in primary care. The students present their work at a meeting in the clinic at the end of the course.
1. Each course participant explains the contents of an article that is relevant to the course to his/her partner from the other occupational group. This assignment is reported in writing to the course leader.
2. A written report concerning assessment and treatment of one patient is written first separately by each course participant, and then merged into one joint report at the end of the course.
3. The practicum is evaluated in the form of an oral presentation to the course examiner with fellow students.
For a Pass grade in the course, fulfilment of study assignments, approved examination and active participation in seminar discussions and experience-based exercises, are required. Participation in the seminars is compulsory. In case of absence, it is the reponsibility of the course participant to contact the course leader for possible compensatory assignments.
Absence from or incomplete participation in compulsory course elements
The examiner decides whether, and if so how, absence from or incomplete participation in compulsory course elements can be made up. Until the student has participated in or completed such compulsory course elements, or compensated for absence /incompletes according to the examiner's instructions, final study results cannot be reported. Absence from or incomplete participation in compulsory course element can mean that the student cannot complete the course until the next time the course is offered.
Possibility of exception from the course syllabus' regulations on examination
If there are special grounds, or a need for adaptation for a student with a disability, the examiner may decide to deviate from the syllabus's regulations on the examination form, the number of examination opportunities, the possibility of supplementation or exemptions from the compulsory section/s of the course etc. Content and learning outcomes as well as the level of expected skills, knowledge and attitudes may not be changed, removed or reduced.
The course corresponds largely to and replaces course 2XX005.
Literature and other teaching aids
5th ed. : Toronto : Hogrefe Pub., c2010. - xvi, 351 p. ISBN:978-0-88937-375-4 LIBRIS-ID:12309345 Library search