Operant-Feedback Control of Human Blood Pressure: Some Clinical Issues.
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES
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The application of biofeedback methods to psychosomatic and other disorders involves a number of critical clinical and technical issues definition of clinical goals, selection of appropriate physiological measure for feedback purposes, transfer of training benefits from laboratory to real life, specific feedback techniques, self awareness of physiological activity, and problems of clinical management such as patient motivation, cooperation, and expectancies. These issues are discussed with special reference to the regulation of blood pressure in patients with essential hypertension. Biofeedback and instrumental learning techniques are seen not as a solution for psychophysiological disorders but rather as a means of further elucidating behavioral and environmental factors in such disorders. Author
- Medicine and Medical Research