This study examined the effects of perception of risk, availability of health care services and perception of cost on the adoption of preventative health services. Flu shot and Colon Cancer Screening were examined in this study as preventative health services.
A total number of 42,044 respondent (Female = 17,477; Males = 24,567) participated in the 2003 California Health Interview System (CHIS). The respondents were tested to analyze the factors that contributed to the reasons of why or why not people adopted preventative health services.
Results showed that higher perception of risk significantly contributes to the reason why people adopt preventative measures. Cost was considered the second reason as to why individuals do not tend to pursue preventative care, especially when the problem is not perceived as a risky one. Availability of the preventative services was not indicated as an important factor that contributes to the adoption of preventative health services. The implications of the results were discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Health care management|
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