Behavioral Medicine — What is Behavioral Medicine?
"Behavioral medicine” is a term heard often in recent years, and is actually a part of the MASBBM’s name. What does it mean?

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According to Wikipedia, “Behavioral Medicine is an interdisciplinary field of medicine concerned with the development and integration of psychosocial, behavioral and biomedical knowledge relevant to health and illness. The term is often used interchangeably with health psychology, however, behavioral medicine development teams include psychiatrists, nurses, and other medical support staff.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral-medicine)

The Society of Behavioral Medicine describes the field as “a multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators and scientists dedicated to promoting the interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, and the application of that knowledge to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations.” (http://www.sbm.org)

And the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine says it “supports the integration of mind/body and behavoral medicine with Western medicine. NICABM does not advocate the use of alternative and/or complementary medicine in lieu of conventional medicine. NICABM supports the thoughtful consideration of the research and efficacy of behavioral medicine, and where appropriate, the application and integration of these treatment modalities.”
(http://www.nicabm.com/home/about_us.html)

The MASBBM recognizes that biofeedback and neurofeedback providers come from many different fields, and may be physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses or physical therapists, for example. Most biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners bring their training in those other fields to their biofeedback or neurofeedback work. For this reason, the MASBBM decided to include “Behavioral Medicine” as part of its name when it changed from “The Biofeedback Society of DC, Maryland and Virginia” to “The Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine.”


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