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[[alternative]]The Medical Care Seeking Behavior and its Influential Determinants of Taipei Junior High School Students

By [[author]]姚友雅, [[author]]Yu-Ya Yao, 姚友雅 and Yu-Ya Yao

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[[abstract]]Based on Andersen' behavioral model of health services use, this study investigated the health status and the medical care seeking behavior of junior high school students in Taipei city, and explored the relationships among predisposing characteristics, enabling resources, need factors and the medical services utilization. By using a multi-stage sampling method, 733 subjects were surveyed with self-administrated questionnaires. The data was analyzed by Chi-square test, t-test, one-way ANOVA, Pearson's product-monent correlation and multiple regression. The main findings of present study were as follows: (1) In predisposing characteristics, the subjects' Chinese medical belief and religious medical belief had statistically significant difference in the health service utilization; the subjects' native place had statistically significant difference in the immediateness of medical care seeking. (2) In enabling resources factor, the number of medical service agency nearby had statistically significant difference in the health service utilization and the immediateness of medical care seeking; the subjects' family income had statistically significant difference in the immediateness of medical care seeking. (3) In need factor, the subjects' perception of own health status and health problems had statistically significant difference in the health service utilization and the immediateness of medical care seeking. (4) The best predictive variables for the utilization of medical services are Chinese medical belief, religious medical belief, the number of medical service agency nearby, perception of own health status and health problems. These five variables account for 19.6% total variance. Moreover, the best predictive variables for the immediateness of medical care seeking are native place, family income, the subject' perception of social resources, the subjects' perception of own health status and health problems. They account for 6.0% total variance. From these findings, related suggestion for adolescent medical services were recommended.

Topics: 國中生, 求醫行為, 青少年健康問題, 醫療服務利用行為模式, junior high school students, the medical care seeking behavior, adolescent health problems, the behavior model of health services use, [[classification]]17
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:ir.lib.ntnu.edu.tw:309250000Q/15937
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