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Article: Doctors' personal health care choices: A cross-sectional survey in a mixed public/private setting

TitleDoctors' personal health care choices: A cross-sectional survey in a mixed public/private setting
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Issue Date2008
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/
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BMC Public Health, 2008, v. 8, article no. 183 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground. Among Western countries, it has been found that physicians tend to manage their own illnesses and tend not have their own independent family physicians. This is recognized as a significant issue for both physicians and, by extension, the patients under their care, resulting in initiatives seeking to address this. Physicians' personal health care practices in Asia have yet to be documented. Methods. An anonymous cross-sectional postal questionnaire survey was conducted in Hong Kong, China. All 9570 medical practitioners in Hong Kong registered with the Hong Kong Medical Council in 2003 were surveyed. Chi-square tests and logistic regression models were applied. Results. There were 4198 respondents to the survey; a response rate of 44%. Two-thirds of respondents took care of themselves when they were last ill, with 62% of these self-medicating with prescription medication. Physicians who were graduates of Hong Kong medical schools, those working in general practice and non-members of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians were more likely to do so. Physician specialty was found to be the most influential reason in the choice of caregiver by those who had ever consulted another medical practitioner. Only 14% chose consultation with a FM/GP with younger physians and non-Hong Kong medical graduates having a higher likelihood of doing so. Seventy percent of all respondents believed that having their own personal physician was unnecessary. Conclusion. Similar to the practice of colleagues in other countries, a large proportion of Hong Kong physicians self-manage their illnesses, take self-obtained prescription drugs and believe they do not need a personal physician. Future strategies to benefit the medical care of Hong Kong physicians will have to take these practices and beliefs into consideration. © 2008 Chen et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57514
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dc.contributor.authorChen, JYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTse, EYYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, TPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLi, DKTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChao, DVKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorKwan, CWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-12T01:38:54Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-12T01:38:54Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBMC Public Health, 2008, v. 8, article no. 183en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57514-
dc.description.abstractBackground. Among Western countries, it has been found that physicians tend to manage their own illnesses and tend not have their own independent family physicians. This is recognized as a significant issue for both physicians and, by extension, the patients under their care, resulting in initiatives seeking to address this. Physicians' personal health care practices in Asia have yet to be documented. Methods. An anonymous cross-sectional postal questionnaire survey was conducted in Hong Kong, China. All 9570 medical practitioners in Hong Kong registered with the Hong Kong Medical Council in 2003 were surveyed. Chi-square tests and logistic regression models were applied. Results. There were 4198 respondents to the survey; a response rate of 44%. Two-thirds of respondents took care of themselves when they were last ill, with 62% of these self-medicating with prescription medication. Physicians who were graduates of Hong Kong medical schools, those working in general practice and non-members of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians were more likely to do so. Physician specialty was found to be the most influential reason in the choice of caregiver by those who had ever consulted another medical practitioner. Only 14% chose consultation with a FM/GP with younger physians and non-Hong Kong medical graduates having a higher likelihood of doing so. Seventy percent of all respondents believed that having their own personal physician was unnecessary. Conclusion. Similar to the practice of colleagues in other countries, a large proportion of Hong Kong physicians self-manage their illnesses, take self-obtained prescription drugs and believe they do not need a personal physician. Future strategies to benefit the medical care of Hong Kong physicians will have to take these practices and beliefs into consideration. © 2008 Chen et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofBMC Public Healthen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsB M C Public Health. Copyright © BioMed Central Ltd.en_HK
dc.subject.meshHealth Behavioren_HK
dc.subject.meshPhysicians - psychologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshSelf Care - utilizationen_HK
dc.subject.meshSpecialties, Medical - statistics & numerical dataen_HK
dc.subject.meshChoice Behavioren_HK
dc.titleDoctors' personal health care choices: A cross-sectional survey in a mixed public/private settingen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailChen, JY:juliechen@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2458-8-183en_HK
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