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From Key Concepts in Health Psychology Health psychology is concerned with how psychological processes are important for understanding how we maximize longevity and facilitate quality of life. Health promotion builds on this assumption and concerns 'any event, process or activity that facilitates the protection or improvement of the health status of individuals, groups, communities or population. MORE
From Key Concepts in Health Psychology Psychologists have been particularly interested in studying the relationship between various factors inherent in the doctor-patient communication setting and compliance to recommended courses of action. A plethora of evidence has shown that a significant proportion of patients had stated that they were not satisfied with the medical consultations they had experienced. MORE
From Key Concepts in Health Psychology Health psychologists are interested in what factors are important for understanding how people adopt and change adaptive or maladaptive health behaviours. Some of these factors are cognitively based (such as beliefs and attitudes) and relate to the thinking processes involved in a person making a decision to act in a particular way. The health belief model (HBM) is one such model that specifies how individuals cognitively represent health behaviours and which components are important for predicting self-protective health behaviour. MORE
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