Health psychology: it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

Hilton, C. E. and Johnston, L. H. (2017) Health psychology: it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it. Health Psychology Open, 4(2), (doi: 10.1177/2055102917714910) (PMID:29379610) (PMCID:PMC5779922)

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Despite the growth in theoretical understandings of health behaviour and standardised approaches to health interventions (e.g. behaviour change taxonomies), health psychology has paid comparatively less attention to the importance of the implementation processes – ‘how to’ rather than ‘what to’ of such interventions. The clinical and interpersonal skills that often reflect these implementation processes are poorly defined within the health psychology literature. The level of proficiency in such skills expected of Health and Care Professions Council registered practitioner health psychologists is unclear and poorly documented within the UK training requirements. This article explores the potential impact of this and offers some pragmatic solutions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnston, Dr Lynne
Authors: Hilton, C. E., and Johnston, L. H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Health Psychology Open
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):2055-1029
Published Online:02 August 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Health Psychology Open 4(2):2055102917714910
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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