How people decide to seek health care: A qualitative study

Christine Shaw, K Brittain, R Tansey, K Williams

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Background There is considerable variation in service use, with overuse in conditions such as upper respiratory tract infections and high levels of unmet need in older patients with embarrassing conditions such as incontinence. The resons for this situation are varied but to facilitate appropriate accessing of services the decision processes involved in help-seeking require greater understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1516 - 1524
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008


  • health care seeking behaviour
  • urinary tract diseases
  • psychological models
  • qualitative research


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