health psychology

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...

‘I’M afraid you’re suffering from a lack of social support,’ said the physician in a grave tone. ‘Consequences of this malady include heart disease, complications during pregnancy and childbirth, a whole host of infectious diseases, as well as higher blood-pressure and heart-...

Something’s not quite right. You’ve been tossing and turning all night. It’s your knee… you drag yourself to the bathroom and there in the mirror, a ghastly sight confronts you. Your knee is not only sore and painful, it has gone bright green! Before retreating to bed for a...

Does psychological stress kill us? Many psychologists and much of the general public appear to believe so. However, epidemiologists and physicians remain sceptical. Certainly, there is ample evidence implicating stress in the development and progression of several different...

In 21st-century Britain the negative outcomes of sexual risk-taking behaviour in young people are well documented (Mueller et al., 2008; Sales et al., 2009). Although government strategies have previously been put in place to address the negative outcomes associated with...