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Health-Related Cognitions

Health-Related Cognitions

Health-related cognitions


Physical symptoms are very common. If you stop and ask people in the street about recent symptoms you will find most people will have experienced at least one symptom such as headache, cough or fatigue in the past few days. Some people will report a lot more symptoms and many of these individuals will thank you for your interest, sit you down and go through each one in more detail than you may care to hear about. Common sense would suggest that people who seek help for their symptoms are suffering from more severe symptoms than those who don't seek medical attention. However, research shows that this is incorrect. People's interpretation of symptoms and their help-seeking behaviour is determined by a large ...

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