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Article: Doctor-shopping in Hong Kong: Implications for quality of care

TitleDoctor-shopping in Hong Kong: Implications for quality of care
Authors
KeywordsContinuity of care
Doctor-shopping
Health expectations
Patient satisfaction
Quality of health care
Issue Date1994
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
International Journal For Quality In Health Care, 1994, v. 6 n. 4, p. 371-381 How to Cite?
AbstractDoctor-shopping is defined as the changing of doctors without professional referral in the same illness episode. Two surveys on samples of patients attending Government Out-Patient Departments (GOPDs) in Hong Kong in 1989 (n = 869) and 1990 (n = 901) estimated the prevalence of shopping at nearly 40%, the main reason being a persistence of symptoms. Doctor-shoppers were likely to be younger with higher expectations of health care and who expressed dissatisfaction about aspects of the present service. In Hong Kong, patients perceive western medicine to be more effective and have high expectations of the effects of western drugs, in particular, in their administration by injection. Patients should be warned about iatrogenic health risks incurred from doctor-shopping; health education programmes are needed to modify unrealistic views about quality care. Health care providers in a mixed care system should promote greater continuity of care be tween doctors and both the public and private sectors, and identify and resolve problems which may be responsible for discontinuity of care. © 1994 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86617
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dc.contributor.authorHedley, AJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorPei, GKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorOng, SGen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, LMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFielding, Ren_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheng, KKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorDaniel, Len_HK
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dc.description.abstractDoctor-shopping is defined as the changing of doctors without professional referral in the same illness episode. Two surveys on samples of patients attending Government Out-Patient Departments (GOPDs) in Hong Kong in 1989 (n = 869) and 1990 (n = 901) estimated the prevalence of shopping at nearly 40%, the main reason being a persistence of symptoms. Doctor-shoppers were likely to be younger with higher expectations of health care and who expressed dissatisfaction about aspects of the present service. In Hong Kong, patients perceive western medicine to be more effective and have high expectations of the effects of western drugs, in particular, in their administration by injection. Patients should be warned about iatrogenic health risks incurred from doctor-shopping; health education programmes are needed to modify unrealistic views about quality care. Health care providers in a mixed care system should promote greater continuity of care be tween doctors and both the public and private sectors, and identify and resolve problems which may be responsible for discontinuity of care. © 1994 Elsevier Science Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org/en_HK
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dc.rightsInternational Journal for Quality in Health Care. Copyright © Oxford University Press.en_HK
dc.subjectContinuity of careen_HK
dc.subjectDoctor-shoppingen_HK
dc.subjectHealth expectationsen_HK
dc.subjectPatient satisfactionen_HK
dc.subjectQuality of health careen_HK
dc.titleDoctor-shopping in Hong Kong: Implications for quality of careen_HK
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