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Romanian Journal of Oral Rehabilitation Numarul 1 PATIENT’S INFORMATION ON MEDICAL ASPECTS

PATIENT’S INFORMATION ON MEDICAL ASPECTS

Cristina Teodora Preoteasa, Aurelian Dumitrache, Magdalena Enache, Laura Iosif, Elena Preoteasa

ABSTRACT

Aim. To gain knowledge on main features of patient information on medical aspects – their interest in the knowledge of the medical field, the motivation of their information about medical aspects, and their confidence in various resources of medical information. Method. A cross-sectional study, on a convenience sample of lay persons that previously addressed for medical care was conducted. For data collection a questionnaire that targeted finding out particularities of patient’s information about medical aspects was made. Results. Sixty-two participants, 23 men, 39 women, mean age of 35 years, were included. Study participants stated to be interested in knowing medical aspects, the majority (n=40; 64,5%) declaring to be “very interested” and “quite interested” about it. Participants’ motivation was mainly linked to knowing more about his/her own health problem or the one of a close person. Main sources of information were the Internet and a close person/friend with medical training. Patients declare to have the highest confidence in the information provided by the doctors, and secondly in information found out in the media. Conclusion. Patients exhibit a perceived need of information about the medical aspects, this needing being different according to individual features.

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