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.

Putting it all Together

Putting it all Together

Key Learning Objectives

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

  • How the health psychology topics you have learnt from this book relate to each stage in the life-course
  • The competencies needed by nurses, midwives and health visitors to practise in a psychologically-informed manner
  • How to apply your health psychology knowledge to your practice


Whatever their specialist field, nurses, midwives and health visitors are helping patients and their families at each stage of life to manage illness and to stay as well as they can be. Throughout this book we have considered how knowledge of health psychology can help us to do this in the most effective and evidence-based way.

In Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of this book, ...

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