The belief in health in the adoption of COVID-19 prevention and control measures

Rev Bras Enferm. 2021 Feb 15;74Suppl 1(Suppl 1):e20200576. doi: 10.1590/0034-7167-2020-0576. eCollection 2021.
[Article in English, Portuguese]


Objective: Reflect, in the light of the Health Belief Model, on the adoption of behavioral measures in the context of COVID-19.

Methods: Theoretical-reflective essay, based on the Health Belief Model, to reflect on adherence to preventive behaviors in the pandemic of COVID-19.

Results: Adherence to preventive behaviors is strongly influenced by socioeconomic, territorial, political and individual factors in the face of critical health situations. In addition, the spread of false news modulates the thinking and execution of behavioral actions in the population.

Final considerations: It is necessary to understand the importance of health communication processes and the use of tools aimed at responsible human behavior and engaged in the adoption of a preventive posture.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Brazil
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • COVID-19 / psychology*
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Patient Participation / psychology*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Surveys and Questionnaires