Table 1

Examples of questions used to elicit beliefs about hypertension

CausesWhat do you think causes this problem hypertension?
Onset of symptomsWhat happens to people when they get hypertension?
What are the symptoms?
PathophysiologyWhat does this illness do to a person?
How does it work?
Course of illnessWhen people get hypertension what happens?
How serious is hypertension?
What are the problems this illness causes for a person?
TreatmentWhat can people do to take care of this illness?
What kind of treatment should people receive from a doctor/nurse/clinic, if they have this illness?
Can this illness be cured?
PreventionCan you prevent hypertension?
What can one do to prevent hypertension?