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Beliefs About Health, Health Risks and Health Expectations from the Perspective of People with a Psychotic Disorder
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. County Hospital, Ryhov, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2709-5295
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Open Nursing Journal, ISSN 1874-4346, E-ISSN 1874-4346, Vol. 7, p. 114-122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim:

To examine beliefs about health, health risks and health expectations from the perspective of people diagnosed with a psychotic disorder

Background:

People with psychotic disorders have a threefold higher risk of developing physical health problems than the general population, and prevention of these problems is warranted. Examining patients´ health beliefs could help deepen our understanding of how to plan successful health interventions with this group.

Methods:

Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted from November 2010 to October 2011 with 17 people with psychotic disorders. Data were analyzed using a qualitative content analysis.

Results:

An overall positive picture of health was found despite the fact that physical health was found to be hard to verbalize and understand. Health was mainly associated with psychological wellbeing, while health risks were found to be related to uncertain bodily identity, troublesome thoughts and inner voices, and exclusion from society. Interest in learning, and visions and goals of health seemed to increase awareness of health risks and health expectations, while not worrying could be viewed as a hindrance for health expectations.

Conclusion:

There is a lack of expressed awareness of physical health risks, but such awareness is fundamental to performing life-style changes [14]. Nurses thus have an important task to help patients understand and verbalize potential physical health risks, and to find out what motivates them to adopt health behaviors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Bentham Open , 2013. Vol. 7, p. 114-122
Keywords [en]
Health beliefs, health expectations, health promotion, nursing, psychotic disorder, qualitative interviews.
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-162648DOI: 10.2174/1874434601307010114PubMedID: 24039643Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84884184843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-162648DiVA, id: diva2:1377563
Available from: 2019-12-12 Created: 2019-12-12 Last updated: 2020-01-22Bibliographically approved

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