Anxiety can be a major psychological barrier to seeking healthcare, may affect experiences of healthcare procedures and may impact post-procedure outcomes. Health psychology has helped us understand the importance of this, the causes of anxiety and how best to help people manage anxiety. In this unique, two part workshop, experts in healthcare anxiety research and practice will offer us insights from the latest research in the field and how best to help reengage people in healthcare, to improve their health and wellbeing.
This workshop is aimed at:
- Academics and researchers wanting to understand more about the factors affecting anxiety in health care settings
- Health professionals (e.g. Psychologists, Nurses, Dentists and Health Improvement Workers) wanting to gain some practical skills in working with patients with healthcare-related anxiety
Morning session: Dr Rachael Powell, Manchester Centre for Health Psychology and School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester
Many people experience anxiety related to undergoing medical procedures such as surgery and MRI scanning. This session will discuss what people might be anxious about, why it is important to minimise anxiety, and techniques that might help people to prepare for medical procedures. The importance of robust evaluation of such psychological interventions will also be considered.
Afternoon session: Professor Tim Newton and Dr Jennifer Hare, King's College London Dental Institute Health Psychology Service
Dental phobia is a relatively prevalent phenomenon which responds well to cognitive behavioural therapy. This workshop will provide participants with resources to undertake the management of individuals with dental phobia using cognitive behavioural techniques, including assessment, formulation and techniques of graded exposure and cognitive therapy.