Doctors' personal health care choices: a cross-sectional survey in a mixed public/private setting

Chen, Julie Y.; Tse, Eileen Y. Y.; Lam, Tai Pong; Li, Donald K. T.; Chao, David V. K.; Chi Wai Kwan
January 2008
BMC Public Health;2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p183
Academic Journal
Background: Among Western countries, it has been found that physicians tend to manage their own illnesses and tend not have their own independent family physicians. This is recognized as a significant issue for both physicians and, by extension, the patients under their care, resulting in initiatives seeking to address this. Physicians' personal health care practices in Asia have yet to be documented. Methods: An anonymous cross-sectional postal questionnaire survey was conducted in Hong Kong, China. All 9570 medical practitioners in Hong Kong registered with the Hong Kong Medical Council in 2003 were surveyed. Chi-square tests and logistic regression models were applied. Results: There were 4198 respondents to the survey; a response rate of 44%. Two-thirds of respondents took care of themselves when they were last ill, with 62% of these self-medicating with prescription medication. Physicians who were graduates of Hong Kong medical schools, those working in general practice and non-members of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians were more likely to do so. Physician specialty was found to be the most influential reason in the choice of caregiver by those who had ever consulted another medical practitioner. Only 14% chose consultation with a FM/GP with younger physians and non-Hong Kong medical graduates having a higher likelihood of doing so. Seventy percent of all respondents believed that having their own personal physician was unnecessary. Conclusion: Similar to the practice of colleagues in other countries, a large proportion of Hong Kong physicians self-manage their illnesses, take self-obtained prescription drugs and believe they do not need a personal physician. Future strategies to benefit the medical care of Hong Kong physicians will have to take these practices and beliefs into consideration.


Related Articles

  • Mental Health. Gessen, Masha // New Republic;08/28/2000-9/4/2000, Vol. 223 Issue 9/10, p16 

    Comments on the quality of health and social services in Russia. Assertion on country's similarity of health care to the developing world; Insufficiency of essential drugs in hospitals and clinics which could pose a threat to the health of their patients; Survey on the people with HIV infection...

  • Prescription Drugs And The Changing Concentration Of Health Care Expenditures. Zuvekas, Samuel H.; Cohen, Joel W. // Health Affairs;Jan/Feb2007, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p249 

    Health care expenditures are highly concentrated in the United States, with a small fraction of the population accounting for a large share of total health spending. This concentration has proved remarkably stable over time; however, the degree of concentration has declined over the past decade....

  • European active surveillance study of women taking HRT (EURAS-HRT): study protocol [NCT00214903]. Dinger, Juergen C.; Heinemann, Lothar A. J. // BMC Women's Health;2006, Vol. 6, p1 

    Background: The post marketing safety surveillance program for a drug containing a new chemical entity should assess both, the safety outcomes that relate specifically to the targeted population, as well as those that could potentially be related to special pharmacological characteristics of the...

  • Conducting a medicine pricing survey: experience and challenges. Baber, Zaheer Ud-Din; Ibrahim, Mohamed Izham Mohamed // Essential Drugs Monitor;2005, Issue 34, p31 

    The article identifies some of the challenges and elements of a medicine pricing survey. Conducting a medicine pricing survey is not an easy task. It requires a great deal of time, effort and commitment from a group of people. Good administrative, investigative and analytical abilities with...

  • Control of emerging extensively drug-resistant organisms (eXDRO) in France: a survey among infection preventionists from 286 healthcare facilities. Lepelletier, D.; Lucet, J.; Astagneau, P.; Coignard, B.; Vaux, S.; Rabaud, C.; Grandbastien, B.; Berthelot, P. // European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases;Aug2015, Vol. 34 Issue 8, p1615 

    We performed a multicenter survey in May-June 2012 to assess strategies in preventing the spread of emerging extensively drug-resistant organisms (eXDRO), including glycopeptide-resistant enterococci and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae, in a convenient sample of French healthcare...

  • Health and Mental Health Problems of Homeless Men and Women in Baltimore. Breakey, William R.; Fischer, Pamela J.; Kramer, Morton; Nestadt, Gerald; Romanoski, Alan J.; Ross, Alan; Royall, Richard M.; Stine, Oscar C. // JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;9/8/89, Vol. 262 Issue 10, p1352 

    Presents a study of homeless people in Baltimore, Maryland which focuses on their health and other characteristics emphasizing their needs for service. Collection of data on sociodemographics and health for both men and women; Revelation of the disaffiliation of the homeless and drug abuse...

  • National Population Health Survey.  // Infomat: A Weekly Review;5/10/2002, p2 

    Reports on the release of the fourth cycle of the National Health Survey 2000/2001 in Canada. Contents of the survey; Contact information for a copy of the results.

  • Health Survey Comparison: Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Seipel, Michael M. O. // Social Development Issues;2012, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p50 

    This study examines the perception of health care as reported by respondents from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States over three survey periods. Though their health care systems differ widely from each other, they seem to share some degree of mutual challenges and successes. The...

  • How some states rate on the health-o-meter. Montague, Jim; Pitman, Hilarie // H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;1/20/96, Vol. 70 Issue 2, p14 

    States that New Hampshire has topped the list of healthiest states in the nation the second time in a row, according to the 1995 ReliaStar State Health Rankings. Mississippi's rankin; What states are rated on. INSET: The healthiest states..


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics