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date: 22 February 2020

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The present chapter reviews the psychological literature on medical situations, their properties, and their associations with a variety of physical and psychological health outcomes. It offers a definition of medical situations and suggests a framework to organize the literature before providing a review of research on health outcomes associated with different medical situation categories (e.g., waiting for a doctor, receiving treatment), as well as their physical cues (e.g., hospital room with a view of nature, ambient sounds) and psychological characteristics (e.g., doctor-patient communication, information availability). The chapter concludes with a discussion of the implications of past studies and suggestions for further research on medical situations.

Keywords: medical situations, health care, health outcomes, health psychology, situation assessment

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