Using the common sense model to design interventions for the prevention and management of chronic illness threats: From description to process

Lisa M. McAndrew, Tamara J. Musumeci-Szabó, Pablo A. Mora, Loretta Vileikyte, Edith Burns, Ethan A. Halm, Elaine A. Leventhal, Howard Leventhal

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In this article, we discuss how one might use the common sense model of self-regulation (CSM) for developing interventions for improving chronic illness management. We argue that features of that CSM such as its dynamic, self-regulative (feedback) control feature and its system structure provide an important basis for patient-centered interventions. We describe two separate, ongoing interventions with patients with diabetes and asthma to demonstrate the adaptability of the CSM. Finally, we discuss three additional factors that need to be addressed before planning and implementing interventions: (1) the use of top-down versus bottom-up intervention strategies; (2) health care interventions involving multidisciplinary teams; and (3) fidelity of implementation for tailored interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Health Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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