Contributions to Medical Psychology by S. Rachman (Eds.)

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The post-operative interviews also covered all of these aspects. 14 days earlier than controls. Chapman (1969) compared individualized instruction - a mixture of information giving and quasi-psychotherapy, with straight information giving, and with the routine procedure. Measures used to assess recovery were the MAACL, biochemical measures of stress-eosinophil and plasma non-esterified fatty acid levels, analgesic and sedative requirements, and length of hospitalization. On no measures did the individualized and information only groups differ, but both were significantly different from the control group in terms of length of hospital stay and analgesics used.

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Bradshaw et al (1975) followed up this finding, arguing that if perceived importance was a determinant of recall, and if specific statements were seen as more important than general statements, then specific statements should be better recalled than general statements. In a series of experiments using advice statements about weight reducing diets, these investigators found the predicted differences in recall. Indeed the differences in recall were of great magnitude. Their results are summarized in Table 14.

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