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

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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
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
VolumeFirst Online
Early online date26 Mar 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Mar 2020

    Research areas

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

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