Using health psychology techniques to manage chronic physical symptoms

Barley, Elizabeth ORCID: and Lawson, Victoria (2016) Using health psychology techniques to manage chronic physical symptoms. British Journal of Nursing, 25 (22). pp. 1258-1262. ISSN 0966-0461

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Chest pain and palpitations, non-malignant pain, breathlessness and fatigue often endure despite the receipt of appropriate nursing and medical care. This is distressing for patients, impacts on their quality of life and ability to function and is associated with high healthcare usage and costs. The cognitive behavioural approach offers nurses a model to understand how people's perceptions and beliefs and their emotional, behavioural and physiological reactions are linked. Common ‘thinking errors’ which can exacerbate symptom severity and impact are highlighted. Understanding of this model may help nurses to help patients cope better with their symptoms by helping them to come up with alternative more helpful beliefs and practices. Many Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services offer support to people with chronic physical symptoms and nurses are encouraged to sign post patients to them.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.12968/bjon.2016.25.22.1258
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare 2016, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see:
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Elizabeth Barley
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 16:43
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:51


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