Older Adults' Common Sense Models of Diabetes
Authors: Grzywacz, Joseph G.; Arcury, Thomas A.; Chapman, Christine; Kirk, Julienne K.; Bell, Ronny A.; Quandt, Sara A.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 35, Number 3, May 2011 , pp. 318-333(16)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objective: To investigate the importance of viewing belief systems about health maintenance holistically. Methods: Qualitative (N=74) and quantitative data (N=95) were obtained from a multi-ethnic rural-dwelling sample of older adults with diabetes to characterize their common sense models (CSMs) of diabetes. Results: There is a discrete number of CSMs held by older adults, each characterized by unique clusters of diabetes-related knowledge and beliefs. Individuals whose CSM was shaped by biomedical knowledge were better able to achieve glycemic control. Conclusions: Viewing individuals' health beliefs incrementally or in a piece-meal strategy may be less effective for health behavior change than focusing on beliefs holistically.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2011
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