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Podiatry: A Psychological Approach

Podiatry: A Psychological Approach

Anne Mandy, Kevin Lucas, Janet McInnes, Jodie Lucas

ISBN: 978-0-470-74632-5

May 2009

216 pages



Podiatry: A Psychological Approach provides a problem and case-based approach to understanding psychological and social difficulties commonly experienced by clients and presented to practitioners.

This book is designed to be an introduction to important applied psychology in clinical practice. The main chapters are organized as individual patient case studies with relevant psychological theory attached. Attention is also given to social-psychological issues pertinent to both newly qualified and experienced podiatric practitioners.

About the authors vii

Preface viii

Introduction: Using case-based learning xi

1 The sociology of podiatry as a profession 1

2 Issues faced by newly qualified podiatrists 7

3 The effects of culture on behavioural change 12

4 Autonomy in private practice and the need to undertake continuous professional development 20

5 Psychological and physical problems faced by middle-aged pre-menopausal women 24

6 Symptoms of a work-related injury 37

7 Health decision-making based on the theory of reasoned action 44

8 The psychology of personality, addiction and aggression 52

9 Communication through an interpreter 60

10 The psychological effects of bereavement 67

11 The relationship between socio-economic status and health 75

12 Working with patients who have a dual diagnosis 81

13 Complex interactions illustrating the need for good interpersonal and communication skills 88

14 The importance of confidentiality and negotiating informed consent 95

15 Safety and independence: considerations when dealing with early-stage dementia 100

16 Professional boundaries 107

17 Homelessness and people with complex needs 115

18 Social factors versusmedical needs 121

19 The importance of positivity 130

20 Adolescence: the development and exploration of the self, self-esteem and social identity136

21 Behavioural change144

22 The influence of religion and spirituality on health153

23 The effect of the death of a patient162

24 Challenging the current practice in podiatry170

25 Coda 176

References 181

Index 197