Social support: some pragmatic implications for health care professionals

Authors

  • Debbie I Keeling BSc,

    1. Research Assistant, Community Health Sciences, Cardiff Institute of Higher Education
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  • Patricia E Price BA PhD AFBPsS CPsychol,

    Corresponding author
    1. Honorary Reader m Psychology, Community Health Sciences, Cardiff Institute of Higher Education
    • Dr P E Price, Honorary Reader in Psychology Faculty of Community Health Sciences Cardiff Institute of Higher Education, Western Avenue Cardiff CF5 2YB Wales

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  • Eleri Jones BSc MSc PhD MIBiol CBiol,

    1. Dean of Resources, Tourism, Hospitality and Food, Cardiff Institute of Higher Education
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  • Keith G Harding MB ChB MRCGP

    1. Director of the Wound Care Research Unit and Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Wales
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Abstract

The role of social support in promoting recovery from chronic illness has been the focus of a debate within the nursing and social science research communities This paper reviews the literature on this important issue and discusses the implications for patient management In providing holistic patient care, health care professionals need to reflect on the impact of this research for their clinical practice

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