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Doctor-Shopping Behavior among Patients with Eye Floaters

Department of Ophthalmology, Taipei Municipal Hospital, Renai Branch, No.10, Sec. 4, Ren'Ai Rd., Taipei 10629, Taiwan
Department of Health Promotion and Health Education, National Taiwan Normal University, No. 162, Sec.1, Heping East Road, Taipei 10610, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Tetsuji Yamada
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(7), 7949-7958;
Received: 26 April 2015 / Revised: 26 June 2015 / Accepted: 29 June 2015 / Published: 13 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Patients suffering from eye floaters often resort to consulting more than one ophthalmologist. The purpose of this study, using the Health Belief Model (HBM), was to identify the factors that influence doctor-shopping behavior among patients with eye floaters. In this cross-sectional survey, 175 outpatients who presented floaters symptoms were enrolled. Data from 143 patients (77 first time visitors and 66 doctor-shoppers) who completed the questionnaire were analyzed. Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were performed. We found that women and non-myopia patients were significantly related with frequent attendance and doctor switching. Though the HBM has performed well in a number of health behaviors studies, but most of the conceptual constructors of HBM did not show significant differences between the first time visitors and true doctor-shoppers in this study. Motivation was the only significant category affecting doctor-shopping behavior of patients with eye floaters. View Full-Text
Keywords: myodesopsia; eye floaters; doctor-shopping behavior; motivation myodesopsia; eye floaters; doctor-shopping behavior; motivation
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Tseng, G.-L.; Chen, C.-Y. Doctor-Shopping Behavior among Patients with Eye Floaters. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 7949-7958.

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