Using health psychology to help patients: supporting self-management of long-term conditions

Barley, Elizabeth and Lawson, Victoria (2016) Using health psychology to help patients: supporting self-management of long-term conditions. British Journal of Nursing, 25 (20). pp. 1102-1107. ISSN 0966-0461

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Abstract

Abstract
In the latest of this series on how health psychology can support nursing practice, we consider how knowledge of health psychology can help nurses to support patients to manage their long term conditions (LTC). The concept of ‘self-management’ is defined and the need for self-efficacy – the patient’s confidence in their ability to manage - and social support is highlighted. Patients’ “illness perceptions” or beliefs about the nature of their condition also impact on their self-management. This is discussed in particular in relation to adherence to treatment. A distinction between intentional and non-intentional non-adherence is made. Understanding of the many factors, other than lack of knowledge, which influence self-management success will help nurses and patients to work together to develop an effective self-management plan.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © MA Healthcare Limited 2016
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Elizabeth Barley
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 14:39
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 10:26
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2978

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