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Managing Enduring Physical Symptoms
Managing Enduring Physical Symptoms
Key Learning Objectives

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

  • Psychological understandings of and approaches to the management of the commonly occurring and chronic symptoms of:

    • Chronic pain
    • Chest pain and palpitations
    • Breathlessness
    • Fatigue and sleep disturbance
Introduction

The focus of this chapter will be on the application of health psychology to the understanding and management of common and enduring physical symptoms. Symptoms such as chronic (non-malignant) pain, palpitations, breathlessness, fatigue and sleep disturbance are associated with a wide range of conditions or may have no medical explanation. They may be acute or chronic. We are concerned here with the latter, where the patient has had, or is receiving appropriate medical and nursing treatment, or no further treatment is available, ...

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