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Using health psychology to help patients: Promoting wellbeing

Barley, Elizabeth and Lawson, Victoria (2016) Using health psychology to help patients: Promoting wellbeing British Journal of Nursing, 25 (15). pp. 852-855.

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This article explores the construct of wellbeing. Research concerning the relationship between subjective wellbeing and health is discussed. Key components of wellbeing that are important to health include 'sense of coherence', 'optimism' and 'benefit finding and post-traumatic growth'. A range of positive psychology interventions that aim to increase positive thoughts, feelings and emotions in order to improve wellbeing have been developed. Mindfulness-based approaches to improving wellbeing are especially popular and are evidence based. These focus on helping the individual to develop an awareness of the present with acceptance and attention. Instead of trying to change uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, the individual practices accepting these, without judgement. Nurses can draw on the information in this article to provide evidence-based advice and guidance to help improve their patients' and their own wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Lawson, Victoria
Date : 11 August 2016
DOI : 10.12968/bjon.2016.25.15.852
Copyright Disclaimer : © MA Healthcare Limited
Uncontrolled Keywords : Depression, Holistic care, Positive psychology, Post-traumatic growth, Quality of life, Wellbeing, awareness, decision making, doctor patient relation, holistic care, human, human experiment, mindfulness, nurse, optimism, quality of life, sense of coherence, wellbeing, behavioral medicine, mental stress, mindfulness, nurse attitude, nursing, patient, procedures, psychology, quality of life, Behavioral Medicine, Humans, Mindfulness, Nurse's Role, Patients, Quality of Life, Stress, Psychological
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 19 Jul 2019 12:05
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2019 12:05

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