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Definition and characteristics of behavioral medicine, and main tasks and goals of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine—an International Delphi Study

Dekker, J, Amitami, M, Berman, AH, Brown, Helen, Cleal, B, Figueiras, MJ, Finney Rutten, LJ, Fors, EA, Griva, K, Gu, J, Keyworth, C, Kleinstäuber, M, Lahmann, C, Lau, JTF, Leplow, B, Li, L, Malmberg Gavelin, H, Mewes, R, Mo, PKH, Mullan, B, Penedo, FJ, Prins, J, Rodríguez Rodríguez, T, Simpson, SA, Stauder, A, Tuomisto, MT, Weiss, DJ and Nater, UM 2020, Definition and characteristics of behavioral medicine, and main tasks and goals of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine—an International Delphi Study, International journal of behavioral medicine, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1007/s12529-020-09928-y.

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Title Definition and characteristics of behavioral medicine, and main tasks and goals of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine—an International Delphi Study
Author(s) Dekker, J
Amitami, M
Berman, AH
Brown, HelenORCID iD for Brown, Helen orcid.org/0000-0002-5460-3654
Cleal, B
Figueiras, MJ
Finney Rutten, LJ
Fors, EA
Griva, K
Gu, J
Keyworth, C
Kleinstäuber, M
Lahmann, C
Lau, JTF
Leplow, B
Li, L
Malmberg Gavelin, H
Mewes, R
Mo, PKH
Mullan, B
Penedo, FJ
Prins, J
Rodríguez Rodríguez, T
Simpson, SA
Stauder, A
Tuomisto, MT
Weiss, DJ
Nater, UM
Journal name International journal of behavioral medicine
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Cham, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-09-09
ISSN 1070-5503
1532-7558
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Psychology, Clinical
Psychology
Behavior
Medicine
Definition
Goals
Summary Background In the past decades, behavioral medicine has attained global recognition. Due to its global reach, a critical need has emerged to consider whether the original definition of behavioral medicine is still valid, comprehensive, and inclusive, and to reconsider the main tasks and goals of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM), as the umbrella organization in the field. The purpose of the present study was to (i) update the definition and scope of behavioral medicine and its defining characteristics; and (ii) develop a proposal on ISBM’s main tasks and goals. Method Our study used the Delphi method. A core group prepared a discussion paper. An international Delphi panel rated questions and provided comments. The panel intended to reach an a priori defined level of consensus (i.e., 70%). Results The international panel reached consensus on an updated definition and scope of behavioral medicine as a field of research and practice that builds on collaboration among multiple disciplines. These disciplines are concerned with development and application of behavioral and biomedical evidence across the disease continuum in clinical and public health domains. Consensus was reached on a proposal for ISBM’s main tasks and goals focused on supporting communication and collaboration across disciplines and participating organizations; stimulating research, education, and practice; and supporting individuals and organizations in the field. Conclusion The consensus on definition and scope of behavioral medicine and ISBM’s tasks and goals provides a foundational step toward achieving these goals.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12529-020-09928-y
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Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143112

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