Sticking with a care plan is difficult for many people. It is not easy to change eating or exercise habits, or to take medications each day, or to build routines to care for skin or damaged limbs. We know for example, that most people have stopped taking prescribed medicines after a year, leaving them vulnerable to more serious health problems.
Health psychologists specialise in health behaviours, in understanding the psychological, social and physical barriers people face in making health behaviour changes. Treatment is carefully tailored to individuals to enable them to plan realistically, to build their confidence, and to establish reliable routines to ensure they stick with their treatment plans and experience the health benefits.