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Labelling in hypertension: a review of the behavioural and psychological consequences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6396317     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent evidence has suggested that the detection and treatment of hypertension can result in adverse psychological and behavioural consequences. Furthermore, there is evidence to suggest that these consequences may outweigh the gains in the case of mild hypertension where the benefit of treatment has not yet been established. This paper reviews the literature to date regarding the behavioural and psychological changes which have occurred upon the detection and labelling of hypertension. In addition, an explanation is posed which may resolve some of the contradictory findings with regard to the phenomenon. Finally, a strategy to alleviate, or at least minimize, the deleterious labelling of individuals as "hypertensive" is proposed for testing in future experiments.
L A Macdonald; D L Sackett; R B Haynes; D W Taylor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of chronic diseases     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0021-9681     ISO Abbreviation:  J Chronic Dis     Publication Date:  1984  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-03-25     Completed Date:  1985-03-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985123R     Medline TA:  J Chronic Dis     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  933-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Hypertension / economics,  epidemiology,  psychology*
Life Style
Longitudinal Studies
Mass Screening / methods
Mental Health
Occupational Diseases / economics,  epidemiology,  psychology*
Social Support

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