Factors that influence treatment seeking expectations in response to infectious intestinal disease: original survey and multinomial regression

Brainard, Julii, Weston, Dale, Leach, Steve and Hunter, Paul (2019) Factors that influence treatment seeking expectations in response to infectious intestinal disease: original survey and multinomial regression. Journal of Infection and Public Health. ISSN 1876-0341

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Abstract

There has been no published work exploring the factors that underlie an individual’s decision to avoid treatment for an infectious intestinal disease. We designed and administered a survey of 386 adults living in the UK with statistical analysis of responses, to see if expected behaviour could be related to emotional response, tolerance of symptoms, or beliefs about the consequential benefits and harms of seeking treatment (or not). A vignette was presented about a hypothetical illness. People stated their emotional reactions, expected actions in response and beliefs about possible benefits or harms from seeking treatment (or not getting treatment). Anticipated behaviour was linked to emotional responses and beliefs about consequences using multinomial models. Respondents were inclined to consult a GP about infectious intestinal illness when they believed that seeking treatment would be beneficial and that its absence would be harmful. Seeking treatment was less anticipated if the condition was expected to improve quickly. Respondents were also more likely to consult if they strongly disliked fever or headache, and/or if the illness made them feel anxious or angry. Treatment seeking (or lack of it) was not linked to harms from treatment-seeking, many other specific symptoms and some other negative emotional responses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gastrointestinal illness,norovirus,consultations,general practice,behaviour models,multinomial regression
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2019 01:55
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2020 01:26
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/73218
DOI: 10.1016/j.jiph.2019.10.007

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