Health and Illness Behaviours

Ngare, Duncan ; Obondo, Anne ; Neema, Stella ; Oladimeji, Benedicta Yetunde ; Ndetei, David M. ; Chikovore, Jeremiah (2006)

Book chapter

As health professionals it is important to understand the relationship between human behaviour and health. Human behaviour, which is the sum of the activities that individuals engage in can be broadly classified into health and illness behaviour. The former are those behaviours or activities that individuals will engage in, consciously or unconsciously, to prevent illness occurrence or to maintain a healthy state. The latter refers to those activities that ill individuals will undertake in order to restore a healthy state. This is important because it informs our knowledge in preventive medicine and health seeking behaviour of different individuals.

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