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Medical Care Utilization Behavior for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Spine Disease: A Questionnairebased Study of Orthopaedic Spine Center Outpatients at a Tertiary Educational Hospital

  • Journal of Korean Society of Spine Surgery
  • Abbr : J Kor Spine Sur
  • 2020, 27(1), pp.19-25
  • Publisher : Korean Society Of Spine Surgery
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Orthopedic Surgery
  • Received : February 4, 2020
  • Accepted : March 31, 2020
  • Published : March 31, 2020

Sang-Min Park 1 Sung Jun Go 2 Heesoo Han 2 Ho-Joong Kim ORD ID 3 Hyoungmin Kim 4 Bong-Soon Chang 5 Yeom, Jin Sup 3

1분당서울대학교병원 정형외과학교실
2서울대학교 의과대학 분당서울대학교병원 정형외과학교실
3서울대학교
4서울대학교 의과대학 서울대학교병원 정형외과학교실
5서울대학교병원 정형외과학교실

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ABSTRACT

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.

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