Precaution Adoption Process Model
Public health workers are often like marketers trying to sell a product. They would like to know how to “sell” consumers on a health behavior; for example, they may want to persuade consumers to get enough calcium to prevent osteoporosis. It would be important to know whether consumers care about osteoporosis or if they even know what it is.
The Precaution Adoption Process Model (PAPM) is a convenient framework for assessing where a person is in the process of deciding to take action on a health behavior. Not all health behaviors, however, fit the seven stages of this model. Some conditions involve complex behaviors such as protecting against skin cancer by wearing sunscreen, limiting time in the sun, and being screened by a dermatologist. A person may be in Stage 6 because they wear sunscreen but in Stage 1 because they have moles that need to be screened by a healthcare provider. In this example, the PAPM may not be a good fit.
For this Discussion, select a health condition to research. Review the literature, and select a peer-reviewed article about the illness or health condition. Consider how you would apply the seven stages of the PAPM to this health issue.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post a brief description of the article you selected. Article I selected is (DIABETES) Please see attachment . Then, construct a diagram in a Word file that depicts the stages of the Precaution Adoption Process Model as it applies to your selected illness or health condition. Describe the strengths and limitations of the model as it applies to the illness or health condition you selected.
Be sure to support your postings and responses to your colleagues’ postings with specific references to the Learning Resources and the current literature.
Six in ten Americans live with at least one chronic disease, like heart disease and stroke, cancer, or diabetes. These and other chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in America, and they are also a leading driver of health care costs.
At CDC, our job is to make it easier for all Americans to make healthy choices so they can enjoy life. We know that most chronic diseases can be prevented by eating well, being physically active, avoiding tobacco and excessive drinking, and getting regular health screenings. CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) helps people and communities prevent chronic diseases and promotes health and wellness for all.
Learning Resources
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.
Required Readings
Glanz, K., Rimer, B. K., & Viswanath, K. (Eds.). (2008). The precaution adoption process model. In Health behavior and health education: Theory, research, and practice (4th ed.). (pp. 123-147). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Glanz,K., Rimer,B.K., Viswanath, K. (2008). Health behavior and health educatio : theory, research, and practice (4th ed.). Copyright 2008 by John Wiley & Sons – Books. Reprinted by permission of John Wiley & Sons – Books via the Copyright Clearance Center.
Weinstein, N. D., Sandman, P. M. & Blalock, S. J. (n.d.) The Precaution Adoption Process Model. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012c). Chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Retrieved from

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