Health psychology: Psychosocial and biobehavioral aspects of chronic disease management

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

100 Scopus citations

Abstract

Psychosocial factors appear to impact upon the development and progression of such chronic diseases as coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Similarly, psychosocial interventions have been shown to improve the quality of life of patients with established disease and seem to influence biological processes thought to ameliorate disease progression. Small-scale studies are useful for specifying the conditions under which psychosocial factors may or may not impact quality of life, biological factors, and disease progression. They are also useful for informing us about the conditions under which psychosocial interventions can serve as adjuvants (e.g. adherence training) to medical treatments. Only large-scale clinical trials, however, can determine the extent to which these psychosocial interventions may impact morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-580
Number of pages26
JournalAnnual Review of Psychology
Volume52
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Coronary heart disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Psychosocial interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Health psychology: Psychosocial and biobehavioral aspects of chronic disease management'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this