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Scenario 1: Three GP surgeries which look after large numbers of undergraduate students from an inner-city university have reported an increase of 300% in new cases of the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia. The genitourinary department of the city’s hospital has also noted a similar increase in cases, especially in young women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. An extensive three-month awareness-raising poster campaign on campus that encourages male and female students to be screened for Chlamydia has been implemented across campus. This campaign has highlighted the potentially very serious consequences of untreated Chlamydia using strong fear-arousing imagery and language. However the campaign appears to have had very little effect in increasing the numbers of students coming for screening in the long term. On behalf of representatives from the city’s health services Dr Bunting has contracted you in as a health psychologist and want you to suggest why (based on existing research evidence) the original campaign is not effective, and make recommendations based on psychological theory on how they should develop and target an intervention to get more female undergraduate students in particular to take up screening for Chlamydia. Starter resources for contextual information: Health Matters: Preventing STIs Scenario 2 Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) is delivered twice a week for 8 weeks, after which patients are discharged and advised to maintain exercise behaviours and continue with the self-management practices they have learnt over the programme. A local PR programme offers a follow-up appointment with patients 12 months after their programme, in which patients repeat various questionnaires and exercise tests. However, staff have noted that exercise capacity is reduced at this appointment, as well as scores for Health-Related Quality of Life. There is also increased reports of breathlessness and a slight increase in anxiety scores. Staff are concerned that the benefits patients achieve by the end of the programme are steadily declining over this 12-month period and that patients are not maintaining their exercise programme, and possibly some self-management practices. When they have discussed this with patients, they describe struggling to motivate themselves with daily walking and various barriers to exercise, especially females and those that lived alone. Staff also found that patients recall of some of the disease management strategies they are taught was limited (such as exacerbation management, inhaler technique, energy conservation). The programme has approached you as a Health Psychologist to better understand why their patients find it hard to maintain the exercise programme (based on existing research evidence) and make recommendations based on psychological theory on how they should develop their programme to support patients in long-term maintenance of their exercise programme and self-management practices . Starter resources for contextual information:


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