The role of illness perceptions: Psychological distress and treatment seeking delay in patients with genital warts

J. A. Ireland, M. Reid, Rachael Powell, K. J. Petrie

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    Abstract

    This study examined the relationships between illness perceptions, psychological distress and treatment-seeking delay in genital warts patients. Sixty-six genital warts patients were approached while attending a sexual health clinic. They completed a questionnaire assessing their illness perceptions, psychological distress and treatment-seeking delay. Negative perceptions of illness consequences and control and a perceived cyclical timeline were associated with increased psychological distress. Perceived illness consequences maintained significance in a multiple regression equation, which accounted for 25% variance in distress. Depression was associated with treatment-seeking delay (r=0.28, P=0.03). In conclusion, illness perceptions may play an important role in the experience of psychological distress in genital warts patients. The implications of these findings for the design of health-care interventions are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)667-670
    Number of pages3
    JournalInternational Journal of STD & AIDS
    Volume16
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Keywords

    • illness perceptions
    • distress
    • treatment-seeking delay
    • genital warts
    • HPV
    • HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS INFECTION
    • SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED DISEASES
    • IMPACT
    • DEPRESSION
    • CLINICS

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