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Fears of disease and disability in elderly primary health care patients

Brorsson, Annika LU ; Lindbladh, Eva LU and Råstam, Lennart LU (1998) In Patient Education and Counseling 34(1). p.75-81
Abstract
Some diseases are more frightening than others to patients and every culture or society has its own most dreaded disease(s). In some previous studies it has been shown that the fears of the patients sometimes have their roots in events in family history. In this qualitative study fourteen men and women aged 66-83 years, all of whom were primary care patients were interviewed with regard to their fears in connection with their present symptoms as well as in general. The results showed that diseases believed to entail disability, bodily changes and/or loss of control over body or environment, were the most feared. These diseases are also likely to stigmatise or shame the bearer, i.e., to change the identity for the worse. This is in line... (More)
Some diseases are more frightening than others to patients and every culture or society has its own most dreaded disease(s). In some previous studies it has been shown that the fears of the patients sometimes have their roots in events in family history. In this qualitative study fourteen men and women aged 66-83 years, all of whom were primary care patients were interviewed with regard to their fears in connection with their present symptoms as well as in general. The results showed that diseases believed to entail disability, bodily changes and/or loss of control over body or environment, were the most feared. These diseases are also likely to stigmatise or shame the bearer, i.e., to change the identity for the worse. This is in line with other studies, where control and autonomy is demonstrated to be essential for elderly people's self-esteem. (Less)
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Identity, Primary health care, Elderly patients, Control, Disability, Fear of disease
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Patient Education and Counseling
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34
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1
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75 - 81
publisher
Elsevier
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  • pmid:9697559
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0738-3991
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10.1016/S0738-3991(98)00052-4
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English
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  author       = {Brorsson, Annika and Lindbladh, Eva and Råstam, Lennart},
  issn         = {0738-3991},
  keyword      = {Identity,Primary health care,Elderly patients,Control,Disability,Fear of disease},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {75--81},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Patient Education and Counseling},
  title        = {Fears of disease and disability in elderly primary health care patients},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0738-3991(98)00052-4},
  volume       = {34},
  year         = {1998},
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