84441 - Clinical Psychology in Cancer Care

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  • Teacher Edita Fino

  • Credits 1

  • SSD M-PSI/08

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 9210)

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

Recognize the psychological and social aspects of malignnt diseases. Appreciate the emotional impact of cancer on patients and their families. Recognize the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and how it affects the treatment of a disease.

Course contents

- The role of clinical psychology in the management and clinical care of cancer patients and families;

- The importance of screening, diagnosis and treatment of psychological distress and other clinical and subclinical psychological disturbances in cancer patients;

- Relatives’ burden and the psychosocial impact of cancer on interpersonal relationships;

- Approaches to patient-centered communication in cancer care.



Singer, S. Psychosocial Impact of Cancer. In U. Goerling & A. Mehnert (eds), Psycho – Oncology, Springer International Publishing AG 2018. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-40187-9

Castelli, l., Castelnuovo, G. & Torta, R. Psycho-Oncology: the key role of clinical psychology (2015) Front. Psychol. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00947

McCormack, L. A., Treimanb, K., Rupert, D., Williams-Piehota, P., Nadler, E., Arora, N. K., Lawrence, W., Street, L. R. Measuring patient-centered communication in cancer care: A literature review and the development of a systematic approach. Social Science & Medicine, 72 (2011), 1085e1095.

Teaching methods

The Clinical Psychology of Cancer Care course consist of 1 CFU of 8 hours of lectures supported by slides and a small-groups, in-class activity “Approaches to Patient – Centered Communication in Cancer Care in Practice”.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice questions (nr. 5) will be used to assess students’ knowledge, in a 15-minute test.

Teaching tools

Teaching slides will be available online at Unibo e-learning website https://iol.unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Edita Fino