Schuz, B and Tesch-Romer, C and Wurm, S, District-Level Primary Care Supply Buffers the Negative Impact of Functional Limitations on Illness Perceptions in Older Adults with Multiple Illnesses, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49, (3) pp. 463-472. ISSN 1532-4796 (2015) [Refereed Article]
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Background: Illness perceptions predict important outcomes, e.g. coping, adherence and well-being. Less is known about the sources of illness perceptions, in particular the role of environmental factors such as primary care supply.
Purpose: This study examines whether and how primary care supply (on district level) affects individual illness perceptions.
Methods: We conducted a longitudinal study in 271 adults 65 years and older with multiple illnesses. Functional limitations (SF-36 physical functioning subscale) at time 1 were tested as predictors of illness perceptions 6 months later. Primary care supply on district level was matched to individual data.
Results: In multilevel models, functional limitations predicted illness perceptions. Primary care supply on district level moderated the impact of functional limitations on individual identity and emotional response perceptions, with better supply buffering detrimental effects of functional limitations.
Conclusions: Illness perceptions do not only depend on individual factors, but socio-structural factors also substantially contribute to individual illness perceptions.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||illness perceptions, primary care supply, functional limitations, multiple illnesses, multilevel modeling|
|Research Group:||Clinical and health psychology|
|Research Field:||Health psychology|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Behaviour and health|
|UTAS Author:||Schuz, B (Dr Benjamin Schuez)|
|Year Published:||2015 (online first 2014)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||1|
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