Support for patients with hepatitis C : An exploratory qualitative study of medical specialists’ perceptions

Teague, Warick, Hepworth, Julie, & Krug, Gary (1999) Support for patients with hepatitis C : An exploratory qualitative study of medical specialists’ perceptions. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 23(2), pp. 201-203.

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Abstract

Objective: To explore the range of meanings about the role of support for patients with hepatitis C by examining medical specialists' perceptions.

Method: The study employed a qualitative, open-ended interview design and was conducted in four major teaching hospitals in Adelaide, South Australia. Eight participants (three infectious disease physicians, four gastroenterologists, one hepatologist), selected through purposive sampling, were interviewed about general patient support, their role in support provision, the role of non-medical support and their reasons for not using support services.

Results: Main themes included a focus on support as information provision and that patient education is best carried out by a medical specialist. The use of support services was defined as the patient's decision. Participants identified four key periods when patients would benefit from support; during diagnosis, failure to meet treatment criteria, during interferon treatment and following treatment failure.

Conclusions: It was concluded that while barriers exist to the establishment of partnerships between specialists and other support services, this study has identified clear points at which future partnerships could be established. Implications: A partnership approach to developing support for patients with hepatitis C offers a systematic framework to facilitate the participation of health professionals and the community in an important area of public health.

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ID Code: 59392
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Self-help groups Health professionals
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1999.tb01236.x
ISSN: 1753-6405
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Primary Health Care (111717)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 02 May 2013 23:14
Last Modified: 02 May 2013 23:14

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