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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.

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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. © MA Healthcare Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Barley, Elizabethe.barley@surrey.ac.uk
Lawson, Victoria
Date : 22 September 2016
DOI : 10.12968/bjon.2016.25.17.966
Copyright Disclaimer : © MA Healthcare Limited
Uncontrolled Keywords : Anxiety depression long-term conditions risk factors wellbeing, anxiety, anxiety disorder, behavioral medicine, comorbidity, depression, health behavior, human, mental stress, nurse attitude, nursing, psychology, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Medicine, Comorbidity, Depression, Depressive Disorder, Health Behavior, Humans, Nurse's Role, Stress, Psychological
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 19 Jul 2019 12:15
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2019 12:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850914

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