health psychology

Can you remember how many times your dentist has reassured you, for example, during an anaesthetic injection? Do you suspect that the phrase from the dentist ‘It won’t hurt’ only serves as a warning that it is going to be painful, even though the dentist appears very genuine...

DOCTORS and nurses spend much of their working time discussing and assessing patients’ healthcare problems and recommending actions which will help restore or maintain health. On the basis of these consultations, healthcare professionals (HCPs) may recommend taking medication...

In the last few years non-medical specialisms have been recognised within UK public health and, at the same time, UK health psychology has developed a clearer public health focus.
In 2003 the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology and the...

Health psychology had its origins in clinical psychology, social psychology and psychophysiology. Its traditional focus was on functioning at the level of the individual and understanding individual differences. Over the past 15 years, however, it has branched out to address...

A healthy nation needs well-trained GPs and good hospitals delivering high-quality treatments. But prevention is better than cure, and these days preventive health behaviour is a government mantra. Behaviours which make illness less likely must be promoted, and the impact of...