An illness by any other name: The effect of renaming gout on illness and treatment perceptions.

Show simple item record Petrie, Keith en MacKrill, Kate en Derksen, Christina en Dalbeth, Nicola en 2018-11-06T21:29:03Z en 2018-01 en
dc.identifier.issn 0278-6133 en
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dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE:Inaccurate lay views of an illness can lead to the adoption of unhelpful coping strategies and treatments. Gout is an example of an illness where the popular view of the condition conflicts with a modern understanding of the illness by overemphasizing the role of diet and alcohol in the development and management of the disease. In this study we investigated the effect of renaming gout as urate crystal arthritis on the perceptions of the illness. METHOD:One-hundred and 89 supermarket shoppers participated in a study examining the perceptions of different types of arthritis. Participants completed a questionnaire that either used the term "urate crystal arthritis" (UCA) or "gout" for the label and a description of the disease. Participants rated likely causal factors, illness perceptions and the usefulness of various management strategies. RESULTS:Gout was perceived as being more likely caused by the patient's own behavior through poor diet and overconsumption of alcohol, while UCA was attributed to aging. The UCA-labeled illness was also viewed as a more chronic and serious condition, while the gout-labeled illness was seen as being more socially embarrassing and more under the patient's personal control. Management for the gout-labeled illness centered on dietary interventions, while the UCA-labeled illness was perceived as requiring long-term medication. CONCLUSION:Changing an illness label can have a significant effect on causal beliefs, illness perceptions, and management strategies. Changing illness labels may be useful where the lay perceptions of an illness are not aligned with a current understanding of the condition. (PsycINFO Database Record en
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dc.language eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association en
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dc.subject Humans en
dc.subject Gout en
dc.subject Perception en
dc.subject Middle Aged en
dc.subject Female en
dc.subject Male en
dc.subject Surveys and Questionnaires en
dc.title An illness by any other name: The effect of renaming gout on illness and treatment perceptions. en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1037/hea0000548 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 37 en
pubs.volume 37 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
dc.identifier.pmid 28836797 en
pubs.end-page 41 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Journal Article en
pubs.elements-id 656271 en Medical and Health Sciences en School of Medicine en Medicine Department en Psychological Medicine Dept en
dc.identifier.eissn 1930-7810 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-08-25 en
pubs.dimensions-id 28836797 en

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