After the Diagnosis: How Patients React and How to Help Them Cope

  • AUTHORS: Gary McClain; Michelle Buchman
  • ISBN-13: 9781435495692 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 384 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2011     Published
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About The Product

AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: HOW PATIENTS REACT AND HOW TO HELP THEM COPE, 1E is the first book to help your students understand how newly diagnosed patients react emotionally. It also shows them how to help their patients harness both emotional and rational strengths as they communicate with healthcare professionals, gather information, evaluate treatment options, make informed treatment decisions, and manage their condition. AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: HOW PATIENTS REACT AND HOW TO HELP THEM COPE, 1E is written for healthcare professionals - nurses, physician's assistants, nursing assistants, anyone in direct contact with patients and their families - and intended for use in all health science educational programs. This book is invaluable for continuing medical education courses and for continuing education seminars for professionals working with newly-diagnosed patients and can also be used in training programs for counselors, social workers, and other mental health professionals. AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: HOW PATIENTS REACT AND HOW TO HELP THEM COPE, 1E provides your students with practical, realistic guidelines and is richly illustrated with real-life examples and examples of dialogue, supplemented by exercises and questions.


  • Provides realistic case scenarios that health care workers face.
  • Shows how to examine and apply the information easily in a work setting.
  • No psychology-jargon – written to be grasped easily by readers from a broad range of backgrounds.
  • Includes content related to understanding patient body language.
  • Worksheets, checklists, illustrations, and tables offer readers additional support and resources for practical application of behavioral techniques.

About the Contributor

  • Gary McClain

    Gary McClain is a licensed counselor, research consultant, speaker, and author who specializes in the emotional impact of chronic and catastrophic illnesses. Gary McClain works with caregivers on ways to help their loved ones as well as deal with their own helplessness. He consults with community organizations on the needs of newly diagnosed patients, and often addresses local and national groups, including the American Counseling Association, the Association of Adult Development and Aging, the American Mental Health Counseling Association, and the National Hemophilia Foundation. Professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association, the New York Mental Health Counselor’s Association, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Dr. McClain is President-Elect of the Association for Adult Development and Aging. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. He has also received training in grief counseling and critical incident stress management. Dr. McClain completed graduate work in Clinical Psychology and Education, and was awarded a Master of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctorate Degree from the University of Michigan He contributes regularly to publications that include Body Positive Magazine, Caring for Cancer, Arthritis Self-Management, and Hep C Connection, and writes a regular column on mental health issues for HIV Plus Magazine. He maintains an award-winning Website,, with information for patients and caregivers facing chronic and catastrophic illness.

  • Michelle Buchman

Table of Contents

1. Starting the Conversation About a Medical Diagnosis.
2. Recognizing the Initial Coping Styles.
3. Acknowledging Emotional Reactions.
4. Acknowledging and Confronting the Fear Factor.
5. Emotions and Healthcare Decision-Making.
PART II: Enhancing Coping Skills of Newly-Diagnosed Patients.
6. Helping Newly-Diagnosed Patients to Communicate with Healthcare Professionals.
7. Encouraging Patients to Gather Information.
8. Developing a Support Strategy with Patients.
9. Coping with Affects on Self Image.
10. Reconnecting with a Sense of Meaning.
11. Communicating with Family Members and Caregivers.
12. Creating a Vision for the Future.
13. When the Diagnosis Involves End-of-Life Issues.
14. Recognizing Our Own Emotions as Healthcare Professionals.