Preferred Medium of Receiving Diagnostic News Depending on Patients’ Perception of Their Health Status (Healthy or Sick)
Received 12 February 2020
Accepted for publication 12 May 2020
Published 29 May 2020 Volume 2020:14 Pages 903—915
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Adediran Adelekan,1 Ahmed Saleh Alrashah,1 Ibrahim Saleh Al Hutaylah,1 Anna Lipert,2 Pierrot Musumbu Dibwe,3 Paweł Rasmus1
1Medical University of Lodz, Department of Medical Psychology, Lodz, Poland; 2Medical University of Lodz, Department of Sport Medicine, Lodz, Poland; 3Academy of Humanities and Economics in Lodz, Lodz, Poland
Correspondence: Adediran Adelekan
Medical University of Lodz, Flat 22, Narutowicza 30, Lodz 90-135, Poland
Background: The study aims to gain insight into people’s preferred medium of receiving diagnostic news depending on their perception of their health status (either sick or healthy).
Methods: Comprehensive research was carried out on two main groups of past and prospective patients, Polish respondents (N=72) and International respondents (N= 214), using a CAWI (Computer-Assisted Web Interview) technique. Respondents were asked in an online questionnaire about the past history of illness, whether they would like to receive their diagnostic news and preferred medium of receiving diagnostic news whether they perceive they are sick or healthy.
Results: Amongst the international group, majority of respondents (143 resp. – 73.71%) would generally like to receive their diagnostic news and 156 resp. (80.83%) would prefer to receive their bad diagnostic news (BDN) from medical specialist doctors as opposed to other technological and non-technological means. Meanwhile, in the polish group, 65 resp. (90.28%) would like to generally receive their diagnostic news and 66 resp. (91.67%) would prefer to receive their BDN from medical specialist doctors as opposed to other proposed means of obtaining BDN.
Conclusion: The result of this study indicates that medical doctors, especially specialists, are still a preferred medium of receiving diagnostic news. However, a certain proportion of respondents will be open to technological medium in receiving their diagnostic news.
Keywords: adherence, diagnosis, prognosis, paternalistic care, medical news, patient preference, patient-centered care
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