Patient preference for genders of health professionals.
Preferences for physicians'gender is an obvious and well documented example of considerations of patients'attitudes.
But research carried out in this field is rather limited to the domain of family medicine.
This article describes preferences for 13 different health professions : surgeons, neurologists, anaesthetists, internists, general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, hospital and district nurses, home helps, gynaecologists and midwives.
Our investigation also concerns the reasons for people's preferences.
In February 1993 a self-administered survey was completed and returned by 961 out of 1113 (response 86%) participants of the Dutch Health Care Consumers Panel, a panel resulting from a random sample of Dutch households.
On a range of different health professions a varying minority of patients prefer a care provider of a particular gender.
There are virtually no sex preferences for the more « instrumental » health professions (e.g. surgeons, anaesthetists).
Gender preferences are stronger for those health professions more likely engaged in intimate and psychosocial health problems (e.g. gynaecologists and GPs).
Preferences expressed do not relate to sex stereotypes of gender differences in instrumentality, expertise, efficiency, consultation length, and personal interest. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Personnel sanitaire, Sexe, Préférence, Malade, Attitude, Homme, Enquête, Pays Bas, Europe, Médecine, Nursing, Obstétrique, Psychiatrie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health staff, Sex, Preference, Patient, Attitude, Human, Survey, Netherlands, Europe, Medicine, Nursing, Obstetrics, Psychiatry
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0307208
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 15/07/1997.