Illness behavior in guineaworm disease

Jayashree Ramakrishna, William R. Brieger, Joshua D. Adeniyi, Oladele O. Kale

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Guineaworm, a waterborne helminthic disease, affects a large portion of the population in Idere, Nigeria. Although preventive health education, interventions are experiencing success, it is slow due to the low economic status of the community. In the meantime people suffer and seek treatment. The decisionmaking process during illness with guineaworm does not fit neatly into individual psychosocial, theoretical models. Concepts of the disease and potential remedies are strongly influenced by the local culture. In the process of studying these cultural influences, suggestions for new models have arisen. These suggest a mediating role for health education between traditional and Western scientific viewpoints in. promoting efficacious illness behavior in endemic tropical diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-140
Number of pages14
JournalInternational quarterly of community health education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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