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Patient attitudes and health information features as predictors of health promotion in Malaysia

Mathialagan AG , Jinat Ahmed J.A. , Dinesh M. , Azra N. , Selvaganapathi G. , Harikrishnan T. et al


Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between Patient Attitudes and Health Information Features towards intention-to-accept health information in private clinics. Methods: A validated questionnaire was utilized for this study whereby three variables of the study (patient attitudes, health information features and intention-to-accept health information) were measured using a 5-point Likert scale. 800 questionnaires were distributed to target respondents of registered clinics in Malaysia. The data were analyzed utilizing SPSS software version 21.0. Findings: There were 624 completed and usable responses received, which represented a 72.3% response rate. This study showed that both patient attitudes and health information features had a direct relationship with patient intention-to-accept information. Health information utilizing simple language and attractive diagrams were important precursors to trigger patients to accept health information. Similarly, patient attitudes played a major role in generating interest in health information in private clinics. Conclusion: Patient Attitudes and Health Information Features are important factors in determining patients’ Intention-To-Accept Health Information among patients in private general practitioners’ clinics.

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