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Article: The concepts of family doctor and factors affecting choice of family doctors among Hong Kong people

TitleThe concepts of family doctor and factors affecting choice of family doctors among Hong Kong people
Authors
KeywordsPatient satisfaction
Clinical competence
Family
Health care
Physician-patient relations
Physicians
Quality indicators
Issue Date2010
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal, 2010, v. 16, n. 2, p. 106-115 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives To identify concepts including misconceptions among the community members regarding family doctors, and determine factors affecting decisions on which doctor to consult in different clinical scenarios. Design Household telephone survey conducted between 4 and 13 September 2006. Setting Hong Kong community. Participants Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong residents aged 18 years or more were targeted. Randomly selected participants were asked to complete a questionnaire, which was designed based on a literature search and subsequent focus group discussions. Results Among the 1811 households with eligible subjects to survey, 1204 completed the questionnaire (response rate, 67%). More than 85% considered a family doctor to be the frst doctor they wanted to see even if it was inconvenient. "Clearly knowing my physical conditions", "fast-acting and effective treatment", and "doctor with friendly and sincere attitude" were the three most important factors infuencing the choice of a family doctor. When affected by fu-like symptoms, 65% would go to a private clinic, 20% to a general out-patient clinic, 6% to a designated clinic with staff approved by their respective medical insurance/medical beneft scheme, and 5% to a private hospital outpatient clinic. Among the latter two groups, 65% consulted the same doctor every time when they felt sick. More than 50% of those willing to have regular follow-up by a family doctor for hypertension and diabetes paid more than HK$300 per month. Approximately 64% might consider having regular follow-up at a general out-patient clinic by a nurse specialist. Conclusion Hong Kong inhabitants already have their own ideas regarding how to care for their own health, and what kind of family doctors they prefer. This survey should help both doctors and health care policy makers to realign their current thinking, and thus provide a platform for the development of a primary care model unique to Hong Kong.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205777
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.887
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.279

 

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dc.contributor.authorLee, Albert-
dc.contributor.authorSiu, Sam-
dc.contributor.authorLam, Augustine-
dc.contributor.authorTsang, Clement-
dc.contributor.authorKung, Kenny-
dc.contributor.authorLi, Philip-
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-06T08:02:20Z-
dc.date.available2014-10-06T08:02:20Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal, 2010, v. 16, n. 2, p. 106-115-
dc.identifier.issn1024-2708-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205777-
dc.description.abstractObjectives To identify concepts including misconceptions among the community members regarding family doctors, and determine factors affecting decisions on which doctor to consult in different clinical scenarios. Design Household telephone survey conducted between 4 and 13 September 2006. Setting Hong Kong community. Participants Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong residents aged 18 years or more were targeted. Randomly selected participants were asked to complete a questionnaire, which was designed based on a literature search and subsequent focus group discussions. Results Among the 1811 households with eligible subjects to survey, 1204 completed the questionnaire (response rate, 67%). More than 85% considered a family doctor to be the frst doctor they wanted to see even if it was inconvenient. "Clearly knowing my physical conditions", "fast-acting and effective treatment", and "doctor with friendly and sincere attitude" were the three most important factors infuencing the choice of a family doctor. When affected by fu-like symptoms, 65% would go to a private clinic, 20% to a general out-patient clinic, 6% to a designated clinic with staff approved by their respective medical insurance/medical beneft scheme, and 5% to a private hospital outpatient clinic. Among the latter two groups, 65% consulted the same doctor every time when they felt sick. More than 50% of those willing to have regular follow-up by a family doctor for hypertension and diabetes paid more than HK$300 per month. Approximately 64% might consider having regular follow-up at a general out-patient clinic by a nurse specialist. Conclusion Hong Kong inhabitants already have their own ideas regarding how to care for their own health, and what kind of family doctors they prefer. This survey should help both doctors and health care policy makers to realign their current thinking, and thus provide a platform for the development of a primary care model unique to Hong Kong.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Medical Journal-
dc.subjectPatient satisfaction-
dc.subjectClinical competence-
dc.subjectFamily-
dc.subjectHealth care-
dc.subjectPhysician-patient relations-
dc.subjectPhysicians-
dc.subjectQuality indicators-
dc.titleThe concepts of family doctor and factors affecting choice of family doctors among Hong Kong people-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.pmid20354244-
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dc.identifier.volume16-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage106-
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