What Is the Health Belief Model? An Updated Look

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Early detection through regular screening is key to preventing and treating many diseases.
Despite this fact, participation in screening tends to be low. In Australia, only 40% of adults opted for screening for bowel cancer in 2021, 3% lower than the previous year (AIHW, 2023).
Why do people decide not to participate in a low-risk activity, like screening? Or visit the dentist regularly, or quit smoking? Why do we choose to ignore these necessary health steps?
Why and how people view the risks of disease, and the subsequent likelihood of people adjusting their behaviors, can be better understood with the Health Belief Model.
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