2013, 551 S., Abb, Book, Springer New York
This encyclopedia advances the understanding of behavioral medicine principles and clinical applications among researchers and practitioners in medicine, psychology, public health, epidemiology, nursing, and social work. In addition, the encyclopedia provides useful synergies for sociologists, anthropologists, and undergraduates with some interest in the interface of human health and behavior.
Areas covered include quality of life and lifespan issues; population, health policy, and advocacy issues; health promotion and disease prevention; behavioral care in all types of settings; biological, psychological, and person factors in health behavior change; professional development and practice-related issues; and much more.
This encyclopedia is the first resource to which readers turn for factual, relevant, and comprehensive information to aid in delivering the highest quality services.
The purpose and mission of behavioral medicine is to integrate the biological and psychosocial perspectives on human behavior and apply them to the practice of clinical medicine and behavioral health care. As the only encyclopedia devoted to this burgeoning interdisciplinary field, our purpose is to advance the understanding and application of behavioral medicine principles and established information among researchers and practitioners in medicine (eg, primary care, cardiology, oncology, neurology, orthopedics, reproductive health), psychology, public health, epidemiology, nursing, biostatistics, and social work. In addition, the encyclopedia will be relevant for sociologists, anthropologists, and undergraduates with some interest in the interface of human health and behavior. The broad areas covered will be quality of life and lifespan issues; population, health policy, and advocacy issues; health maintenance/promotion and disease prevention; behavioral care in medical and mental health settings; biological, psychological, and person factors in health behavior change; translation of research to clinical practice; environmental and contextual factors in health and behavior change; complementary and alternative medicine, including spirituality; measurement and methods in behavioral science; adherence to medical regimens and healthy lifestyles; health communication and technology; and professional development and practice-related issues. It is anticipated that the following subject areas will be comprehensively addressed: health psychology; nutrition, exercise, and obesity; chronic disease, pain, and disability; stress and coping; behavioral cardiology; behavioral oncology; behavioral orthopedics and sports medicine; sexual and reproductive health; HIV/AIDS; healthcare policy and administration; genetics and genomics as pertaining to risk factors and morbidity; eating disorders; depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues; research methodology, design, implementation, interpretation, and reporting; professional issues.
From the reviews:
“The Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine … is certainly the most comprehensive, and the most current. Intended to be a complete guide to the many aspects of behavioural medicine, the encyclopedia touches on a vast array of areas … that apply to behavioural medicine. … The information found in this encyclopedia is accurate and well cited. … The Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine is excellent value for the money and … a primary quick reference for any practitioner or PhD student in the field.” (David J. Rachlin, Reference Reviews, Vol. 27 (7), 2013)