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Why don't older adults with subjective memory complaints seek help?

Hurt, C. S., Burns, A., Brown, R. G. & Barrowclough, C. (2012). Why don't older adults with subjective memory complaints seek help?. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(4), pp. 394-400. doi: 10.1002/gps.2731


Subjective memory complaints (SMCs) are common among older adults, often causing significant distress and showing strong relationships to future cognitive decline. However, low rates of help-seeking for memory complaints are well documented. Little is known about the reasons behind the decision to seek or not to seek help with memory problems. The common-sense model of illness perception proposes that the beliefs people hold about their health underlie help-seeking behaviour. The present study investigated factors underlying the decision to seek help in people with SMCs within the framework of the common-sense model of illness perception.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Adaptation, Psychological, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Attitude to Health, Depressive Disorder, Female, Health Behavior, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Memory Disorders, Middle Aged, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Self Concept
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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