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HCA250 / HCA 250 / Final Project: Health Psychology

HCA250 / HCA 250 / Final Project: Health Psychology

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Final Project: Health Psychology Committee Report
Imagine a health care reform plan that mandates increased access to services you
studied in this course. The goal is better overall patient health, measurable by shorter
hospitalizations and improved adherence to medical regimens. You have volunteered to
join the Health Psychology Committee formed by your local hospital, which is in the
process of initiating a psychiatry division that will employ five psychologists. The
committee is responsible for assigning duties to the psychologists. Use critical thinking
skills as you decide how to apply health psychology principles to hospital-based
psychologists’ duties.
Resources: Appendixes A & B
Due Date: Sunday
Please post in your Individual forum
Review the notes you took in Appendix B.
Specify duties for five hospital-associated psychologists that reflect health psychology
principles discussed in this course, according to the following guidelines.
Conduct research by consulting a variety of sources, and gather evidence to support
your decisions. Remember to suspend judgment while inquiring into multiple aspects of
each of the five roles. Use your text, previous assignments, major research hospital Web
sites, and the University Library. Cite a minimum of five references, including your text.
Assign one or more of the items in the bulleted duty list below to each of these four job
titles: substance abuse counselor; inpatient-only psychologist; child psychologist; adult
psychologist:
Duty list:
Collaborate with local schools
Provide psychological preparation methods for children prior to medical procedures
Provide treatment for chronic pain
Provide psychological preparation methods for adults prior to medical procedures and
surgery
Coordinate the use of recovery programs and structured programs for substance abuse,
in conjunction with social worker
HCA 250 The Psychology of Health Course Syllabus Page 22
Diagnose stress disorders and aid in stress-relief interventions
Utilize various methods to facilitate adjustment and coping skills with patients suffering a
chronic or terminal illness
If you feel one or more of the duties could be assigned to more than one of the four job
titles, feel free to do so but keep a reasonable work and patient load in mind.
Evaluate the list above for areas of need not already addressed. Recommend a fifth job
title and assign other health psychology-related duties not listed or related to those
above.
Identify decision-making criteria and explain rationale behind your assignment of duties
to each of the five job titles.
Discuss and give further details on how each of the five psychologists will contribute to
improvement in overall patient health. What kinds of responsibilities and services would
each of the five psychologists provide for patients? How will each of their roles result in
shorter hospitalizations and improved adherence to medical regimens? Is there overlap
in any or all of the five job titles? Should there be? Why or why not?
Consider and discuss the impact of implementing each role versus not implementing it.
What makes each role supportive toward improvement and maintenance of wellness?
Why would patients be better off with the psychologists’ services after doing without in
the past?
Compile your findings in an 1,800- to 2,100-word paper in APA format that you would
present to the hospital as a Health Psychology Committee Report.
Post your paper as a Microsoft® Word attachment
Final Project: Health Psychology Committee Report
Imagine a health care reform plan that mandates increased access to services you
studied in this course. The goal is better overall patient health, measurable by shorter
hospitalizations and improved adherence to medical regimens. You have volunteered to
join the Health Psychology Committee formed by your local hospital, which is in the
process of initiating a psychiatry division that will employ five psychologists. The
committee is responsible for assigning duties to the psychologists. Use critical thinking
skills as you decide how to apply health psychology principles to hospital-based
psychologists’ duties.
Resources: Appendixes A & B
Due Date: Sunday
Please post in your Individual forum
Review the notes you took in Appendix B.
Specify duties for five hospital-associated psychologists that reflect health psychology
principles discussed in this course, according to the following guidelines.
Conduct research by consulting a variety of sources, and gather evidence to support
your decisions. Remember to suspend judgment while inquiring into multiple aspects of
each of the five roles. Use your text, previous assignments, major research hospital Web
sites, and the University Library. Cite a minimum of five references, including your text.
Assign one or more of the items in the bulleted duty list below to each of these four job
titles: substance abuse counselor; inpatient-only psychologist; child psychologist; adult
psychologist:
Duty list:
Collaborate with local schools
Provide psychological preparation methods for children prior to medical procedures
Provide treatment for chronic pain
Provide psychological preparation methods for adults prior to medical procedures and
surgery
Coordinate the use of recovery programs and structured programs for substance abuse,
in conjunction with social worker
HCA 250 The Psychology of Health Course Syllabus Page 22
Diagnose stress disorders and aid in stress-relief interventions
Utilize various methods to facilitate adjustment and coping skills with patients suffering a
chronic or terminal illness
If you feel one or more of the duties could be assigned to more than one of the four job
titles, feel free to do so but keep a reasonable work and patient load in mind.
Evaluate the list above for areas of need not already addressed. Recommend a fifth job
title and assign other health psychology-related duties not listed or related to those
above.
Identify decision-making criteria and explain rationale behind your assignment of duties
to each of the five job titles.
Discuss and give further details on how each of the five psychologists will contribute to
improvement in overall patient health. What kinds of responsibilities and services would
each of the five psychologists provide for patients? How will each of their roles result in
shorter hospitalizations and improved adherence to medical regimens? Is there overlap
in any or all of the five job titles? Should there be? Why or why not?
Consider and discuss the impact of implementing each role versus not implementing it.
What makes each role supportive toward improvement and maintenance of wellness?
Why would patients be better off with the psychologists’ services after doing without in
the past?
Compile your findings in an 1,800- to 2,100-word paper in APA format that you would
present to the hospital as a Health Psychology Committee Report.
Post your paper as a Microsoft® Word attachment

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