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

Hurt, C. S., Burns, A., Brown, R. G. and 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 Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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