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Why Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors need Health Psychology
Why Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors need Health Psychology
Key Learning Objectives

At the end of this chapter you will be able to explain:

  • What evidence-based practice is
  • Health psychology and how it can help us as nurses, midwives or health visitors
  • Theories of health and health behaviour change – these include:

    • The biomedical model
    • The biopsychosocial model
    • The health belief model
    • Theory of planned behaviour
    • Transtheoretical model
  • How health psychology models can inform holistic and person-centred care
  • The case for physical versus mental healthcare
  • Health psychology and person-centred care
Introduction

Across all age groups and conditions, nurses, midwives and health visitors are helping patients and their relatives to adjust to diagnoses, to cope with treatment regiments and other disease-related life changes, to manage symptoms and to make healthy choices.

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