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J Adolesc Health. 2008 May;42(5):436-49. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2007.09.013. Epub 2007 Dec 21.

Do young people's illness beliefs affect healthcare? A systematic review.

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  • 1Department of Community and Primary Care Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland.


A successful patient-centered approach in clinical practice implies an understanding of patients' experiences of illness, and therefore of their illness beliefs. This paper presents a systematic review of the literature on young people's common illness beliefs in contemporary Western societies and the extent to which these beliefs have been shown to affect healthcare.

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