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Gepubliceerd in: Cognitive Therapy and Research 1/2019

21-11-2018 | Original Article

Examining the Role of Anxiety Sensitivity and Intolerance of Uncertainty in the Relationship Between Health Anxiety and Likelihood of Medical Care Utilization

Auteurs: Arielle Horenstein, Andrew H. Rogers, Jafar Bakhshaie, Michael J. Zvolensky, Richard G. Heimberg

Gepubliceerd in: Cognitive Therapy and Research | Uitgave 1/2019

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Abstract

Health anxiety is associated with reassurance-seeking behaviors, including persistent medical care utilization. The current study sought to identify targetable and underlying (transdiagnostic) factors that may influence the relationship between health anxiety and medical care utilization. We examined the role of both anxiety sensitivity (AS; fear of arousal-related sensations) and intolerance of uncertainty (IU; fear of the unknown) in the relationship between health anxiety and likelihood of utilization of general, specialist, and emergency care among 566 adults (Mage = 20.47, SD = 3.54, 79.9% female). A three-way interaction revealed that AS strengthened the association between health anxiety and likelihood of general medical care utilization within the context of higher, but not lower, levels of IU. Only the main effects of AS and IU were significantly associated with odds of emergency care utilization, and there were no significant predictors of odds of specialist care utilization. Future directions and clinical implications are discussed.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Examining the Role of Anxiety Sensitivity and Intolerance of Uncertainty in the Relationship Between Health Anxiety and Likelihood of Medical Care Utilization
Auteurs
Arielle Horenstein
Andrew H. Rogers
Jafar Bakhshaie
Michael J. Zvolensky
Richard G. Heimberg
Publicatiedatum
21-11-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Cognitive Therapy and Research / Uitgave 1/2019
Print ISSN: 0147-5916
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2819
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-018-9980-z

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