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dc.contributor.authorKirkegaard, Pia
dc.contributor.authorEdwards, Adrian
dc.contributor.authorRisør, Mette Bech
dc.contributor.authorThomsen, Janus Laust
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-16T09:50:05Z
dc.date.available2013-12-16T09:50:05Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.description.abstractPrevious studies have shown the importance of paying attention to lay peoples’ interpretations of risk of disease, in order to explain health-related behavior. However, risk interpretations interplay with social context in complex ways. The objective was to explore how asymptomatic patients with high cholesterol interpret risk of cardiovascular disease. Fourteen patients with high cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease were interviewed, and patterns across patient accounts were identified and analysed from an ethnographic approach. Information from the general practitioner about high cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease was reinterpreted in everyday social life. The risk associated with fatty foods was weighed against the pleasures of social and cultural events in which this type of food was common and cherished. A positive mindset was applied as a strategy to lower the risk of having high cholesterol, but knowledge about risk was viewed as a cause of anxiety and self-absorption, and this anxiety made the body susceptible to disease, hampering the chances for healthy life. Interpretations of high cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease are embedded in social relations and everyday life concerns. This should be addressed in general practice in preference-sensitive cases about risk-reducing medication.en
dc.identifier.citationBMC Family Practice( 2013), vol. 14:137en
dc.identifier.issn1471-2296
dc.identifier.otherFRIDAID 1051406
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-14-137
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/5642
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-uit_munin_5335
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccess
dc.subjectVDP::Medical disciplines: 700::Health sciences: 800::Community medicine, Social medicine: 801en
dc.subjectVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800::Samfunnsmedisin, sosialmedisin: 801en
dc.subjectVDP::Medical disciplines: 700::Health sciences: 800::Preventive medicine: 804en
dc.subjectVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800::Forebyggende medisin: 804en
dc.subjectVDP::Medical disciplines: 700::Health sciences: 800::Health service and health administration research: 806en
dc.subjectVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800::Helsetjeneste- og helseadministrasjonsforskning: 806en
dc.titleRisk of cardiovascular disease? A qualitative study of risk interpretation among patients with high cholesterolen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.typePeer revieweden


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