‘Help negation’ means people won’t seek medical advice

Many people with heart problems will not discuss it with their doctor, despite recognising the need for medical care.

Researchers from the University of Wollongong surveyed 600 people waiting to see their GP for non-heart related problems, finding 20% of patients had moderate to severe symptoms of heart disease.

As the severity of symptoms increased so did the reluctance of patience to speak to their doctor, a phenomena known as “help negation”.

Researchers hope this discovery will shed light on instances of “help negation” common among patience with mental illnesses.

Read more at University of Wollongong