Preferences for Involvement in Medical Decision Making: Comparing British & German Views

Rüdell, Katja and Myers, L. and Newman, Stanton (2006) Preferences for Involvement in Medical Decision Making: Comparing British & German Views. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 11 (2). pp. 171-189. ISSN 1354-8506. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Despite beneficial outcomes of patients' involvement in medical decision processes, it has been claimed that patients are generally not interested in medical decision making (MDM). Whereas current research focuses on actual MDM, this research explored the impact of nationality and perceptual processes of MDM. Preferences for involvement in decision making were examined in a sample of 204 German and 143 British university students. Hierarchical multiple regressions were employed to explore the link between socio-demographic information, individuals' perceived relationship with their GP, Health Locus of Control - Powerful Others, perceptions regarding the frequency and sufficiency of information provision and involvement in MDM, and individuals' preferred level of involvement and information. A significant amount of the variance in individuals preferences for involvement could be explained (Adjusted R2 = .59, p < .001). Independent t-test analyses showed that British and German perceptions of care differed significantly on a variety of different measures. Separate analyses for the German and British group highlighted cross-national differences in care and preferences for involvement. The study suggests that preferences to become involved might depend more on perceptual processes than actual involvement in decision making, and that communication and national health policy could play an important role.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Medical decision-making; general practice; patient preferences; involvement
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2008 12:37
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 13:06
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