Course: Medical Psychology

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Course title Medical Psychology
Course code KPS/LEKPS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Miňhová Jana, Doc. PhDr. CSc.
  • Šestáková Blanka, PhDr.
Course content
1. Introduction to the subject of medical psychology and history of a holistic approach to health care. 2. The concept of health and illness and their perception. 3. Hospital environment, hospitalism and failure homeostasis. 4. Psychological changes in somatic traumas. 5. Psychosomatic reactivity and psychological trauma. 6. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. 7. Influence of hospital environment on the healing process. 8. Patient relationship and medical staff. 9. Acute and chronic pain in children and adults. 10. Men and women in the disease. 11. Burnout and burden of health care facilities. 12. Yatrogen damage during treatment and psychological treatment. 13. Somatic and psychological recovery after illness

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, One-to-One tutorial, Skills demonstration, Individual study, Students' self-study, Self-study of literature, Seminar
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 30 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 40 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Knowledge in the field of neuropsychology and developmental psychology, knowledge of the concept of temperament, character and personality development.
learning outcomes
Student will: - explain the concept of medical psychology and its applications - use the definition of sickness and health - recognize the terms: acute and chronic pain, vital threat, posttraumatic stress disorder - consider appropriate psychosocial interventions for children and adults with physical disabilities
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Skills demonstration
Students' self-study
Self-study of literature
Individual study
One-to-One tutorial
assessment methods
Oral exam
Recommended literature
  • Dvořák, S. Člověk mezi životem a smrtí. SZN Praha, 1985.
  • KŘIVOHLAVÝ, J. Psychologie zdraví. Praha: Portál, 2001.
  • KŘIVOHLAVÝ, J. Psychologie nemoci. Praha: Grada, 2001.
  • MAREŠ, J. Bolest a dítě. Praha: Grada, 1997.
  • VYMĚTAL, J. Lékařská psychologie. Praha: Portál, 2003. ISBN 80-7178-740-X.

Study plans that include the course
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