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Estimation of the impact of providing outpatients with information about SARS infection control on their intention of outpatient visit.
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PMID:  15276309     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To examine the effect of provision of information about the infection control in the specific infection disease treatment unit in a city hospital on the outpatient's intention of outpatient service use, respondents who underwent outpatient medical care at the hospital (N = 821) were asked whether or not they intended to continue the outpatient visit at the hospital if a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) patient was admitted to the unit. Although 56% of respondents replied that they could continue to visit the department if a SARS patient was admitted to the unit in the hospital before they read the information, the proportion of those who intended to continue outpatient care significantly increased by 15% after they read it. The logistic regression analyses revealed that respondents who had frequently visited the outpatient department (P < 0.001), those who felt relieved by reading the information about the unit (P < 0.001), and those who did not worry about nosocomial SARS infection inside the hospital (P < 0.001) were significantly more likely to reply that they would continue outpatient visits. We estimated that admission of a SARS patient to the unit would result in a 20% decrease in the cumulative total number of outpatients in the hospital during a 180-day interval after admission of a SARS patient to the unit, and the cumulative total number of outpatients increased by 7% after they read the information. This study suggests that providing outpatients with appropriate information about SARS infection control in the hospital had a statistically significant and substantial impact on the outpatients' intention to continue outpatient visits at the hospital.
Tatsuro Ishizaki; Yuichi Imanaka; Masahiro Hirose; Kenshi Hayashida; Minoru Kizu; Akihiro Inoue; Susumu Sugie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands)     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0168-8510     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Policy     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-27     Completed Date:  2004-11-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8409431     Medline TA:  Health Policy     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  293-303     Citation Subset:  H    
Department of Healthcare Economics and Quality Management, School of Public Health, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Yoshida Konoe-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Cross Infection / prevention & control*,  virology
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Care Surveys
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Hospitals, Urban / utilization
Infection Control / methods*
Information Services / supply & distribution*
Japan / epidemiology
Outpatient Clinics, Hospital / standards,  utilization*
Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology,  prevention & control*,  transmission

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