health belief model

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A conceptual model of health-related behavioral factors affecting health that was developed by workers in the US Public Health Service in the 1950s. The model emphasizes the role of cognition (understanding) and beliefs (values) and explains how behavioral determinants influence ways individuals behave in matters affecting their health. Evaluations have shown that the model is a less reliable and consistent predictor of health-related behavior than others, notably the PRECEDE-PROCEED model, but it has had some success in control strategies for HIV disease.

Subjects: Dentistry — Public Health and Epidemiology.

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