Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery

Introduction to medical Humanities - PSICOLOGIA CLINICA

Course code
Name of lecturer
Lidia Del Piccolo
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Lezioni 1° semestre 2°- 6° anno dal Oct 2, 2017 al Dec 21, 2017.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Teaching objectives

How to collect useful clinical information
Building the relationship with the patient
Explanation, planning and sharing decisions
Develop personal awareness during clinical consultations

An overall curriculum of doctor-patient communication skills will be presented, in terms of

a. How to structure a medical consultation
b. How to collect bio-psyco-social information
c. How to build doctor-patient relationship
d. How to give information and build up a common ground with the patient

a. Factors related to cure and care
b. the bio-psyco-social model
c. Emotions and non-verbal comunication
d. Attachment theory, motivational systems and the role of interpersonal relationships
e. Evidences on the role of doctor-patient communication
f. Self awareness and burn-out
g. How to deal difficult relationships with patients.
h. The“Process Model of Stress and Coping”.


Program (16 hours)

Clinical Psychology, (to cure, to care), the bio-psyco-social model of illness.
Patient-centred approach, the structure of the consultation, doctor and patient agenda. How to collect information
Emotions and non-verbal communication
Attachment theroy, motivational systems and their role in interpersonal relationships
How to inform, educate and involve the patient. How to deal with “difficult” relationships with patients and families.
Patients with unexplained symptoms. How to deal with them. The reattribution model.
The“Process Model of Stress and Coping”.
Self awareness. “Burn out”

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Del Piccolo Lidia Competenze per comunicare con i pazienti Piccin 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

written exam with multiple choice and open questions


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