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An Australian survey of audiologists’ preferences for patient-centredness
Eriksholm Research Centre, Snekkersten, Denmark.
HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, Vol. 53, no S1, S76-S82 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Patient-centredness is becoming a core value of health services worldwide, however it remains largely unexplored in audiology. This study investigated audiologists’ preferences for patient-centredness and identified factors that explain audiologists’ preferences for patient-centredness. Design: All members of the Audiological Society of Australia received two questionnaires: (1) a descriptive questionnaire (e.g. age, gender, place of residence, years in practice, employment characteristics), and (2) a modified patient-practitioner orientation scale (PPOS; Krupat et al, 2000) which measures preferences for two aspects of patient-centredness, sharing and caring. Study sample: In total 663 (46%) audiologists returned both questionnaires fully completed. Results: Mean PPOS scores indicated that audiologists prefer patient-centredness. Linear regression modelling identified that older audiologists, that had practiced longer, and who worked in community education, industrial audiology, or teaching had a signifi cantly greater preference for patient-centredness than their peers. In contrast, audiologists who practiced in a private environment and who worked in the area of assessment of adults had a significantly lesser preference for patient-centredness than their peers. Conclusions: Audiologists prefer client-centredness and age, years of experience, and employment characteristics can partly explain preferences for patient-centredness. Future research should explore the relationships between patient-centredness and intervention outcomes in audiology.

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Informa Healthcare, 2014. Vol. 53, no S1, S76-S82 p.
Keyword [en]
Patient-centredness; audiologist; clinical interaction; health communication; Australia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104585DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2013.832418PubMedID: 24447231OAI: diva2:697752
Available from: 2014-02-19 Created: 2014-02-19 Last updated: 2014-02-25Bibliographically approved

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