whitePaper | November 1, 2014
Health psychology is a relatively young field of study: less than 30 years old here in the UK. However, recognition of its value has greatly increased as our knowledge of patient adherence in chronic disease has improved. Health psychology is concerned with examining how patient behaviour – what they do, what they think, and how they feel – influences how they manage their own illness. This self-management covers everything that a patient does to manage their own condition. At a day-to-day level, this may include monitoring symptoms, implementing lifestyle changes, taking medications, and attending follow-ups with their healthcare professionals (HCPs). For all chronic conditions, good selfmanagement is essential for successful outcomes.