Oz, Mehmet C.; Desmond, Nancy; Herlitz, Georg N.; Winston, David H.; Raniella, Gray Harden; Gingrich, Newton L.
September 2006
American Journal of Health Studies;2006, Vol. 21 Issue 3/4, p189
Academic Journal
Objective: Re-examination of traditional concepts in medicine would help to allow meaningful health care reform. Methods: We studied 6 different pre-defined 10-person focus groups of healthcare workers and patients. The two-hour focus groups were taped and summarized using a perceptual map. Results: We found a pervasive atmosphere of fear and anxiety regarding three realms: 1) insurance coverage, 2) information technology, and 3) health justice. Respondents desired a realistic, actionable document to guide policymaking, which we discuss in the accompanying commentary. Conclusions: Our document reflects use of the tool of focus groups, which may help in providing an understanding of a population's thought processes.


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