Differences in illness representation among pulmonary patients and their providers

Kathleen Collins Insel, Paula M. Meek, Howard Leventhal

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This investigation examined how patient and provider groups represent 11 descriptors (concepts) of breathing and breathlessness. Two patient groups, those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and those with asthma, and two provider groups, pulmonologists and nurse specialists (PNS), rated the dissimilarity between each of 55 pairs of concepts on visual analogue scales (VAS). The results demonstrate differences between the groups in illness representation. The findings have implications for understanding differences in illness representation between patient groups and providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-162
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Common Sense Model of Self-Regulation
  • Illness representation
  • Pathfinder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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