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Who said cognitive behaviour therapy was only about mental health?

Nurses explain how they use CBT to support well-being of patients with physical conditions
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Nurses explain how they use CBT to support the well-being of patients with physical conditions

  • Principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) dovetail neatly with those of holistic nursing care
  • Read how a respiratory nurse uses CBT to support depressed and anxious patients, and has cut hospital admissions
  • Discover how nurses can apply CBT interventions in physical health settings

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a ‘talking treatment’ that exploits the connection between how we think and how we behave.

It is a well-established therapeutic approach to a range of mental health issues and is increasingly used to address the psychological components of physical health conditions such as respiratory disease, diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome.

So how can I use CBT in my nursing practice?

Nurse and CBT practitioner Emma Forbes

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