Using health psychology to help patients: common mental health disorders and psychological distress

Barley, Elizabeth and Lawson, Victoria (2016) Using health psychology to help patients: common mental health disorders and psychological distress. British Journal of Nursing, 25 (17). pp. 966-974. ISSN 0966-0461

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of how health psychology can be used by nurses to help patients experiencing common mental health problems and psychological distress. Mental health problems are common and are associated with poor outcomes, especially for patients with comorbid physical health conditions. Mental health problems are associated with unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, physical inactivity, overeating and excessive alcohol use, which will result in poorer outcomes for patients. Consideration of a patient's psychological health is therefore important for all nurses providing holistic care. Awareness of the symptoms of psychological distress, good communication skills and simple screening instruments can be used by nurses to assess patients' mental health. The cognitive and behavioural risk factors associated with depression and anxiety are also explored, as an understanding of these can help nurses to provide appropriate care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 MA Healthcare Limited
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Elizabeth Barley
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 10:08
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 10:25
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2944

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