Research


Cancer Patients’ Online Community to Patient-Provider Interaction

Cancer Patients’ Online Community to Patient-Provider Interaction

ABSTRACT

As patients became the most significant stakeholders for their survival, healthcare organizations strived to satisfy healthcare needs of the public and maintain ongoing relationships with patients. Moreover, the social media has been used to promote patients to become more empowered not only by providing patients with more health information but also by allowing them to develop online patient communities through which they can share various kinds of computer-mediated social supports. While South Korea is considered one of the fastest growing social media users, it is not clear the relationships among computer-mediated social support, patient and doctor-patient communication. During November 2017 to January 2018, a total of 272 Korean thyroid cancer patients responded to surveys regarding the influence of online community activity on doctor-patient communication. A path analysis was used to analyze the relationship between Korean thyroid cancer patients’ online community activity and perceived social support, and the relationship between perceived social support and their behavioral intention to participate in doctor-patient communication. The results show that the more Korean thyroid cancer patients participated in online communities, the greater they showed perceived social supports from online community members. This study also indicates that Korean thyroid cancer patients have actually perceived informational, emotional, and esteem support from online community members. Moreover, patients who participated in online community activity had a strong intention to actively participate in patient-provider interactions. The findings from this study will not only contribute to the theoretical understanding of computer-mediated social support but also provide fundamental knowledge about patient-provider interaction for healthcare specialists.

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Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient Content Claims


ABSTRACT

As people’s interest in health issues has grown, nutrition has become a more critical factor in consumers’ food purchasing decisions. However, several unhealthy foods have recently started to highlight their healthful qualities by adding artificial nutrients, so many people can be misguided by the duplicitous nutrient content claim labels.

This study evaluates how nutrient content claims affect young adults’ attitudes toward food products and their purchase intention. During March 5 to April 4, 2018, a total of  278 young adults in the Washington DC metropolitan area responded to surveys regarding the impact of nutrient content claims on food products and their purchase decisions.

Multiple regression analysis was used to analyze medical characteristics (cost, service quality, physician quality, facilities and access), and touristic characteristic (food, accommodation, shopping, attractiveness, and security) on intention to take a medical tour to South Korea. Multiple regression analysis was conducted using the four factors of food product label characteristics and young adults’ purchase intentions.

The results show that advertising with nutrient content claim labels had a significantly positive effect on young adults’ attitudes toward food products, and a strong impact on their purchase intention. Moreover, this study also provides that nutrient content claim labels positively influenced the perception of a food’s healthiness and consumers’ attitudes toward advertising.

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