Health Psychology in Nursing Practice gives nurses and healthcare practitioners the essentials of health psychology to assist patients and their relatives in adjusting to diagnoses, coping with treatments and other disease–related life changes, managing symptoms and making healthy choices. Directly aimed at nurses, this textbook helps them improve their practice in a very practical way. Key features: * Concise content specifically aimed at nurses and other healthcare professions and taking both an evidence-based and applied approach * Key learning objectives and chapters summaries for revision * Case examples give even more insight into how theory works in the real world * Reflective activities help think about real life practice and quizzes test your knowledge Elizabeth Barley is a Chartered Psychologist and Practitioner Health Psychologist and has been a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London. She currently is Senior Manager for the psychology research portfolio at MQ, a mental health charity based in London.

Why Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors need Health Psychology

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


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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