‘Having come to university my care was very much in my hands’: exploration of university students’ perceptions of health care needs and services using the common-sense model of self-regulation

Rayna Rogowsky, Anita Laidlaw, Gozde Ozakinci (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    The health care needs and service experiences of higher education students require more research attention, given the increase in students who have a long-term illness, medical condition, or disability (“condition”). It is also important to consider the experiences of rising numbers of international students. This exploratory qualitative study used face-to-face interviews and the common-sense model of self-regulation to investigate students’ perceptions and coping behaviours, in a higher education institution in the UK. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Twenty students who self-identified as having a condition were interviewed. This study adds depth to the understanding of the connections between students’ health-related experiences and their personal, academic, and post-graduation aspirations and the support needs of students, including international students. To optimise institutional support, innovations in partnerships with local care organisations and within the university, staff training about conditions, peer mentorship, and information outreach especially to international students, should be considered.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)943-955
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
    Volume43
    Early online date26 Mar 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

    Keywords

    • Health care seeking
    • Health care use
    • Qualitative research
    • Symptom reporting
    • University students

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