Calling the doctor: a qualitative study of patient-initiated physician consultation among rural older adults.

@article{Stoller2011CallingTD,
  title={Calling the doctor: a qualitative study of patient-initiated physician consultation among rural older adults.},
  author={Eleanor Palo Stoller and Joseph G. Grzywacz and Sara A. Quandt and Ronny Antonio Bell and Christine Y Chapman and Kathryn P Altizer and Thomas A. Arcury},
  journal={Journal of aging and health},
  year={2011},
  volume={23 5},
  pages={782-805}
}
OBJECTIVE Guided by Leventhal's self-regulatory model and Cockerham's theory of health lifestyles, we explore two questions regarding physician consultation among elderly rural adults: What symptom characteristics prompt patient-initiated physician consultation? Do participants' accounts of responses to symptoms, including the decision to consult a physician, incorporate descriptions of change over time? METHOD We analyze data from semistructured in-depth interviews with 62 older rural adults… CONTINUE READING

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