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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 9-13

Health understanding and its effect on health outcome

Department of Family & Community Health, College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

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Anthony F Cole
College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University P O. Box 35, AI-Khod 123
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PMID: 23012219

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Literature regarding health belief models, health understanding and their effect on health outcome is reviewed. Aspects of the major elements comprising health understanding- including lay explanations of illness, locus of control and the affective meaning of symptoms - are described. The particular problems posed by utilising these models in a developing Middle Eastern country are discussed, together with the importance of applied research to assess the feasibility of improving health outcome by enhanced health understanding.

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