Preparation for Medical Interventions

Rachael Powell, Amy Davies

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Medical interventions are offered to individuals with the aim of diagnosing or treating illnesses or improving health. Interventions may lead to negative experiences e.g., anxiety and/or pain, and individuals may need to carry out specific behaviors to aid the running of, or recovery from, medical interventions. This article considers the role of psychology in preparing people for medical interventions. Individuals may require support in decision making around whether or not to accept an offered intervention. Preparation may then ensure that anxiety and pain are minimized and managed effectively, optimize post-procedure outcomes, and support the performance of recommended or required behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComprehensive Clinical Psychology
EditorsG.J.G. Admundson
PublisherElsevier BV
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780128186978
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Anxiety; Behavior; Decision-making; Information; Medical intervention; Medical procedure; Pain; Patient satisfaction; Prehabilitation; Psychological preparation; Recovery; Surgery


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