health belief model

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health belief model

a conceptual framework that describes a person's health behavior as an expression of health beliefs. The model was designed to predict a person's health behavior, including the use of health services, and to justify intervention to alter maladaptive health behavior. Components of the model include the person's own perception of susceptibility to a disease or condition, the perceived likelihood of contracting that disease or condition, the perceived severity of the consequences of contracting the condition or the disease, the perceived benefits of care and barriers to preventive behavior, and the internal or external stimuli that result in appropriate health behavior by the person.

health be·lief mod·el

(helth bĕ-lēf modĕl)
A psychological precept that attempts to explain and predict health behaviors by focusing on the attitudes and beliefs of individual patients.

Health Belief Model



A theory used to explain health-seeking or health-avoiding behavior that is based on the assumption that attitude and belief motivate action. The model proposes that an individual facing health-related decisions weighs: 1. the likelihood that she may be at risk for a disease; 2. the gravity of the disease, were she to succumb to it; 3. the value of making choices that will prevent the illness; 4. the costs or challenges of making those choices. Health-benefiting actions will be taken when: cues/reminders to take that action are delivered to her and she believes that she has the capability to make her efforts count.
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Diabetes self-management module, referred to Health Belief Model approach, was done using reference from various sources and was organized to become six sessions: The first session had the theme of description of DM; the second session had the theme of DM diet; the third session had the theme of physical activities; the fourth session had the theme of diabetes leg gymnastics and diabetes leg nursing care; the fifth session had the theme of the route and the days of illness; and the sixth session had the theme of stress management.
Six concepts of the Health Belief Model in Scale create the six sub-dimensions.
The second, third, and fourth sessions were also based on the health belief model including training for enhancing sensitivity, severity, and perceived benefits and barriers as well as the internal and external practice guide in terms of self-medication.
The expanded health belief model seems to be suitable for prediction of prevention behaviors of osteoporosis in teen girls.
s perceived susceptibility in light of the possible consequences of a sedentary lifestyle, as well as an assessment of possible barriers, as described by the Health Belief Model (HBM).
Using the Health Belief Model, the study sought to examine the correlates of perception of risk of HIV among adolescents living in an urban slum in Ghana.
The health belief model (HBM) was initially designed by some psychologists Hochobaum, Rosenstock, and Kegels who worked for the US Public Health Service in 1950s [sup][8] to study "the failure of people to accept disease preventives of screening tests for the early detection of asymptomatic disease.
According to the Health Belief Model (HBM), changes in behavior are achieved through changes in knowledge and beliefs (Davidhizar, 1983).
The tenets of the Health Belief Model (HBM) were utilized to explore the extent to which causal beliefs about obesity are related to decisions to lose weight.
A narrative literature review was conducted to assess the application of the health belief model in sickle cell trait screening research.

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