Patients’ Perceptions of Their Illness

  title={Patients’ Perceptions of Their Illness},
  author={Keith J. Petrie and John Weinman},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={60 - 65}
  • K. Petrie, J. Weinman
  • Published 31 January 2012
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
A patient constructs a cognitive representation of his or her illness that guides behavior aimed at managing that illness. Patients’ models of their illness share a common structure made up of beliefs about the cause of an illness, the symptoms that are part of the condition, the consequences of the illness for the patient’s life, how the illness is controlled or cured, and how long the illness will last. Illness perceptions can be measured using questionnaires and also assessed in patients… 

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