The Institute for Medical Psychology in Vienna was established
Medical psychology is an inter-disciplinary subject in the Health
science, and it is based on the bio-psycho-social concept of health
and illness. Its purpose is to integrate psychological and sociological
aspects in medical science.
Medical psychology concentrates therefore
- on conditions to restore health
- and conditions, which support and sustain health.
It also contributes to changes in the rules and style of medical
treatment, which is concluded in the field of the interaction between
doctor and patient, especially the doctor patient relationship.
In Vienna the main issue in teaching Medical psychology focuses
on the interdisciplinarity as well as on basic medical attitudes.
The curriculum emphasizes on the integral part of medical psychology
in the whole Health science. Its purpose is to give students a theoretical
background of a holistic approach of health and illness.
Seminar Medical Psychology Main issues
Bio-psycho-social concept of health and illness
A basic information how body and emotional feelings work together,
and how they interact with social, economic, and environmental factors
Communication between doctor and patient, especially the doctor
patient-relationship. Discussions about the way in which medical
profession uses their technical skill and knowledge. In a group-setting
students are confronted with their own emotional feelings, which
sometimes block a helpful interaction and communication between
doctor and patient. Students should get aware of the necessity of
a doctor's own feelings, and how it also influences counter transference
Students get an introduction of the important steps of a psychosocial
anamnestic interview. Communication skills. Acknowledge of nonverbal
signals in the communication.
Coping with diseases
and helping patients to deal with grief and death.