The Effect of Patient-Physician Relationship on Health Information Seeking Behavior of Diabetic Patients

Firoozeh Zare-Farashbandi1, Anasik Lalazaryan2, Alireza Rahimi3, Akbar Hassanzadeh4

 

  1.  Associate Professor, Health Information Technology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.‎
  2. Master of Art, Department of Management and Medical Informatics, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.‎ (Corresponding Author) Email: anasiklalazaryan@yahoo.com
  3.  Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Medical Informatics, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.‎ In
  4.  Instructor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.‎

Received: 3 Feb 2016 Accepted: 12 Dec 2016

 

Abstract

Background and Aim: Information transfer based on real needs of the patients is an important part of the medical services.‎ This study aimed to determine the effect of patient-doctor communication on information seeking behaviors of diabetic patients.‎

Materials and Methods: This descriptive-analytic study was done on 362 diabetic patients receiving care in governmental medical centers supervised by Deputy of Health in Isfahan province- Iran who were selected using disproportionate stratified random sampling.‎ The data gathering tool was the Lango questionnaire which was localized for Iranian society by researchers in 2012.‎ Data were analyzed using SPSS 20 software.‎

 Ethical Considerations: Patients’ verbal consent was obtained and they were also assured about confidentiality of the information.‎

Findings: There was a significant difference between information seeking behavior of people who depend on their physicians for gaining information and those who do not in the terms of information retrieval (P=0.‎003).‎ There was also a significant relationship between consulting the physician and three of the four dimensions of information seeking behavior of diabetic patients and also between transfer of medical information to the patient and dimension of information sources in patient information seeking behavior (P<0.‎05).‎ Investigating the relationship between satisfaction about transfer of medical information and information seeking behavior indicated that the only significant difference between satisfied and dissatisfied patients is in the component of gaining information from traditional media ‪(P<0.‎05)‬.‎

Conclusion: The findings indicates on the effect of patient-doctor communication on information seeking behavior of patients.‎ It is recommended physician provides information to the patient that requires identifying the information needs of patients and considering their health information seeking behavior.‎

Keywords: Physician-Patient Relations;‎ Information Seeking Behavior;‎ Diabetes

Please cite this article as: Zare-Farashbandi F, Lalazaryan A, Rahimi AR, Hassanzadeh A.‎ The Effect of Patient- Physician Relationship on Health InformationSeeking Behavior of Diabetic Patients.‎ Med Ethics J ۲۰۱۷; ۱۰(۳۸): ۳۷-۵۰.

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Health Information Technology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.‎

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