Influencing factors of healthcare-seeking behaviors in Taiwanese patients with hepatitis c

Huei Chen Lu, Kuo Cherh Huang, Chi Jen Chu

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine factors that influence the frequency of hospital clinic visits for hepatitis C patients in Taiwan and identify data related to healthcare-seeking behaviors of patients by using a developed questionnaire based on the Health Belief Model. Consistent clinic visits for follow-up and treatment are required of the hepatitis C patient to be compliant with therapy guidelines. Recent studies targeted only Western communities in which hepatitis C is nonepidemic, unlike hepatitis C virus-endemic regions of Taiwan where patients may exhibit 10-20 times higher seroprevalence. Influences on hospital clinic visit attendance were identified as educational level, income, and aspartate aminotransferase level at diagnosis. Perceived benefits from and barriers to action were similar among the 390 evaluable subjects at various frequencies of hospital clinic visits (both p > .05); however, subjects who visited the hospital clinic between 1 and 6 months exhibited significantly higher scores of perceived susceptibility to disease and severity of disease than those who visited the hospital clinic at 7-9 months or less often (all p ≤ .001). Findings lay the foundation for future studies to address strategies to increase compliance with treatment regimens for Taiwanese patients with hepatitis C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-420
Number of pages7
JournalGastroenterology Nursing
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing

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