Health psychology: supporting the self-management of long-term conditions

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

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Abstract

This article considers how knowledge of health psychology can help nurses support patients in managing their long-term conditions. 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 have an impact on their self-management. This is discussed in particular relation to adherence to treatment. A distinction is made between intentional and non-intentional non-adherence. Understanding of the many factors, other than lack of knowledge, that influence self-management success will help nurses and patients 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: 15 Mar 2017 15:02
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2978

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