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Selective information seeking: can consumers' avoidance of evidence-based information on colorectal cancer screening be explained by the theory of cognitive dissonance?

Authors
  • Steckelberg, Anke1
  • Kasper, Jürgen
  • Mühlhauser, Ingrid
  • 1 University of Hamburg, Unit of Health Sciences and Education, Hamburg, Germany. [email protected] , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
German medical science : GMS e-journal
Publication Date
Aug 27, 2007
Volume
5
Identifiers
PMID: 19675713
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

The theory of cognitive dissonance is applicable to medical decision-making. It may explain some phenomena of irrational reactions to evidence-based patient information.

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