Behavioural Medicine: The Application of Behaviour Therapy to Physical Health

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Abstract

Three typical areas of application of behavioural medicine are described: biofeedback, relaxation training, and various cognitive behavioural procedures. It is argued that biofeedback has led to few useful clinical treatments but both relaxation and more complex procedures and methods of analysis can contribute to the prevention and treatment of disease. This is illustrated with examples from the literature on headache and the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease and cancer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-108
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioural Psychotherapy
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1991

Keywords

  • high blood-pressure
  • borderline essential hypertension
  • Raynauds Disease
  • follow-up
  • temperature biofeedback
  • tension headache
  • self-management
  • relaxation
  • term
  • migraine

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