What is illness behaviour and the sick role? Why might it take time for a person to go seek medical help?
Illness behaviour is the behaviour that a person adapts before they get a formal diagnosis from a health care professional. A person who exhibits illness behaviour has had some symptoms of a disease. These people are also in the state of mind where they are directed towards determining their own health status. After they finally visit the doctor, these get their diagnosis, they then exhibit the sick role.
The time that elapse between the illness behaviour and sick role varies greatly. There are ...