Patients’ health locus of control and preferences about the role that they want to play in the medical decision-making process

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Abstract

Health locus of control (HLOC) may influence people’s behavior regarding their health as well as their desires to be involved in the medical decision-making. Our study aimed to examine HLOC’s relations with people’s control preferences about the medical decision-making. A total of 153 people filled out the self-administered version of the Control Preference Scale and the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale–form C. The most preferred role is the collaborative one. However, HLOC explained heterogeneity in people’s control preferences: lower scores in external HLOC were related to a greater preference for the active and the collaborative role. From the personalized medicine perspective, an accurate evaluation of the patient’s HLOC could help tailoring the decision-making process within the clinical context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-266
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • control preferences
  • Health locus of control
  • medical decision-making
  • shared decision-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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