Psychiatry and Behavior Medicine
Created in August 1993, with the mission to humanize patient experience and patient management and to promote and apply the principles of behavior medicine which recognizes that all thoughts, emotions, and behaviors directly influence health and therefore takes a comprehensive approach to health care. The section is located at the seventh floor of the Medical Arts Building and can be reached through local numbers of 3717 and 3721.
- Cardiac Health Education, Enhancement and Restoration Service (CHEERS) - is helping surgical candidates prepare psychologically for heart operation. Specifically, CHEERS aims to:
- Enhance ability to cope with presurgical stress
- Educate about diagnosis, treatment plan, and prognosis;
- Strengthen motivation and sense of responsibility for the success of the surgery.
- Mental status examination (MSE) abnormalities, depression, anxiety, and adjustment difficulties
- Need for emotional support
- Assistance with patient disposition
- Competency determination
- Unexplained physical symptoms
- Use of psychopharmacologic medications
- Evaluation for transfer to psychiatric services
The section provides psychiatric training for PHC fellows and nurses. This comes in the form of lectures and co-management of patients in the ward. The section is also a training ground for psychiatrists who want to sub-specialize in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. In November of 2002, the section had its first Post-Graduate Course with the theme “The Mind-Body Interface: Updates on Behavior Medicine in clinical Practice.” The event was participated in by ten doctors and eleven hospital personnel.