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Medical System Choice: Information That Affects the Selection of Healthcare Provider in Australia?

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Sahama, T and Stranieri, A and Butler-Henderson, K and Golden, I, Medical System Choice: Information That Affects the Selection of Healthcare Provider in Australia?, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 247 pp. 596-600. ISSN 0926-9630 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-852-5-596

Abstract

Many complementary and alternative medical practices (CAM) are readily assessable in Australia alongside Allopathic practitioners. Although CAM practices are prevalent, little is known about how patients seek and use information when deciding which system to consult. We report some preliminary findings of a longitudinal study, designed to solicit factors that influence the Australian public when selecting from diverse medical systems. Fifty-four general public participants, willing to provide their confidential and anonymous opinion were included. The magnitudes of importance, critical in influencing factors, were screened. Results indicated a medical system was selected for its effectiveness, safety, credentials and care (p<0.001). Consultation time, convenience, cost, empowerment and rapport were less important factors (p<0.001) influencing selection of a medical system. The level of choices by participants [χ2 (1, N=54) = 53.445, p<0.001] follow similar trends found for those in conventional medical systems. This contrasts with findings in other locations, where cost and time were major contributing factors when selecting medical systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:medical system, longitudinal study, diverse medical systems, influencing factors, empowerment
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business and Management
Research Field:Business Information Management (incl. Records, Knowledge and Information Management, and Intelligence)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Author:Butler-Henderson, K (Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson)
ID Code:126005
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Deposited On:2018-05-17
Last Modified:2018-05-18
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