A psychoeducational approach to hypochondriasis: background, content, and practice guidelines

Theo K. Bouman*, Femke M. Buwalda

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Abstract

Patients suffering from health anxiety are difficult to engage in a psychological treatment, although it has now been empirically established that cognitive behavioral treatments are beneficial for many of these patients. A first important step is to change their orientation from a biomedical to a biopsychosocial perspective. One way of promoting this change is to provide focused psychoeducation. A number of studies have shown that group psychoeducation for patients with health anxiety results in a reduction concerns, depression, and medical services utilization. The purpose of this paper is to describe background, content, and implementation of a brief course entitled "Coping With Health Anxiety." The empirical support as well as the potentially active ingredients of this approach are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-243
Number of pages13
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2008

Keywords

  • RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL
  • BEHAVIORAL TREATMENT
  • THERAPY
  • PREVENTION

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