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Int J Public Health. 2010 Oct;55(5):459-68. doi: 10.1007/s00038-010-0149-0. Epub 2010 May 14.

The impact of the intensity of fear on patient's delay regarding health care seeking behavior: a systematic review.

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  • 1Department of Special Education, University of Presov, Presov, Slovakia. dubayovat@unipo.sk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This systematic review focuses on the role of the intensity of fear in patient's delay in cancer and in myocardial infarction.

METHODS:

In a search of literature published between 1990 and June 2009, 161 articles were found. After the use of inclusion and exclusion criteria, 11 articles in cancer and 4 articles in myocardial infarction remained.

RESULTS:

High levels of fear are associated with earlier help-seeking in both diseases; for low levels of fear, the picture is unclear.

CONCLUSION:

The level of fear is an important factor, which should be taken into account when facilitating help-seeking by patients.

PMID:
20467882
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PMCID:
PMC2941081
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