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Cardiologists’ Views of the Influence of Patient Participation in Healthcare Decision Making
by Frolkey, CarolAnn, Psy.D., Ashford University, 2020, 163; 28150684
Abstract (Summary)

In the United States, rising healthcare costs make access to and utilization of healthcare services problematic for many people. Patient advocacy groups encourage patients to participate in their healthcare decisions to improve treatment compliance and treatment outcomes. The purpose of this research was to explore the views of cardiologists in Palm Beach County, Florida of potential barriers to and facilitators of patient participation and how patient participation in healthcare decisions changes treatment compliance and treatment outcomes. The exploratory multiple case study method consisted of semistructured interviews with a purposive snowball sample of cardiologists to identify their views and perspectives in patient participation in healthcare decision making and the changes to treatment outcomes and treatment compliance that result from this participation. The study results identified two views important to patient participation in healthcare decision making, the micro- and macro- views. The results revealed many similarities between the participants and the literature; however, there were also some differences. Patient participation is important for treatment compliance and treatment outcomes. The study participants and the literature agreed that there are times when patient involvement in healthcare decision making is not appropriate. This study also added new perspectives to the literature, identifying identified several barriers to patient participation that the literature did not. 

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sikora, Elizabeth
Commitee: Gardner, Audra, Bradley, Gregory
School: Ashford University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Physiological psychology, Behavioral Sciences, Public health
Keywords: Cardiologist, Healthcare Decision Making, Patient Participation, Patient-Centered Care
Publication Number: 28150684
ISBN: 9798678183507
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