Improving follow-up among hypertensive patients using a health belief model intervention

Arch Intern Med. 1987 Sep;147(9):1557-60.


Seventy-two hypertensive patients visiting an emergency department (ED) were randomized to one of four study groups to test the effect on compliance of a health belief model (HBM) intervention: a control group, a group receiving an HBM clinical intervention in the ED, a group receiving an HBM telephone call two days after the ED visit, and a combination clinical plus telephone intervention. Patients receiving any HBM intervention were 50% more likely to make, and 47% more likely to keep, a follow-up referral appointment than control group patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Counseling / methods*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Emergencies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / psychology*
  • Hypertension / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance
  • Random Allocation
  • Referral and Consultation