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.

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


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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