Study Design: Prospective survey analysis.
Objectives: The purpose of our study was to investigate medical care utilization behavior and the conceptions of disease treatment among spine disease patients.
Summary of Literature Review: Analyzing the medical care utilization behavior and conceptions of disease treatment among spine disease patients is important.
Materials and Methods: A survey was administered to 500 first-time patients who visited the spine center of a tertiary educational hospital from May 2017 to August 2019.
Results: A total of 479 valid responses were analyzed. A minority of patients (16.1%) visited the tertiary educational hospital without having previously visited a private hospital. Spinal procedures and surgery were considered negatively by 52.6% of respondents, and 14.8% of patients reported negative perceptions of orthopedic drugs.
Conclusions: Extensive efforts will be required to improve unreasonable medical utilization behavior by changing patients’ incorrect knowledge and beliefs about hospitals, diseases, and treatments.