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Medical psychology and medical sociology are rapidly developing interdisciplinary fields of research which aim at the analysis of interrelations between psychological processes, sociological structures and biomedical mechanisms within the cause, maintenance and treatment of organic diseases. In the Bochum institute we follow a strong association between basic and clinical research setting up priorities in pain research and psycho-oncology. "Psychology in depth" and "Psychology meets neurosciences" represent two current fields of research, which complete our traditionally clinical studies using experimental designs.

Within education we are the fourth pre-clinical section besides anatomy, physiology and biochemistry in the study of medicine. We are further integrated in the B.Sc and M.Sc program of psychology. The lectures aim at a basic knowledge about the role of psychological and sociological influences in the course of organic diseases, seminars aim at an in-depth understanding of these interrelations. In several courses using standardized exercises the students have the possibility for practical training of doctor-patient communication. Our concept of education aim at an optimization of medical treatments by the stimulation of a professional doctor-patient interaction based on concepts of communication psychology. The Bochum institute further has a research ambulatory for psychotherapy which offers a post-graduate education in psychological psychotherapy. The ambulatory offers diagnostics and treatment mainly for out-patients with chronic benign pain disorders as well as for patients with cancer.

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    Prof. Dr. M. Hasenbring
    Ruhr Universität Bochum
    Department of Medical Psycology
    and Medical Sociology
    Universitätsstraße 150
    MA 0/145
    44780 Bochum / Germany

    Phone: 0234-32- 27286
    Fax: 0234-32-14203


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