Physicians' interpersonal relationships and professional standing seen through the eyes of the general public in Croatia

Ćurković, Marko and Milošević, Milan and Borovečki, Ana and Mustajbegović, Jadranka (2014) Physicians' interpersonal relationships and professional standing seen through the eyes of the general public in Croatia. Patient Preference and Adherence, 8. pp. 1135-1142. ISSN 1177-889X

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PURPOSE: Medical professionalism, as a cornerstone of medicine's social contract with society, demands physicians adhere to high professional standards while placing public interest ahead of self-interest. This study's objective was to investigate perceptions of the basic elements of medical professionalism related to physicians' interpersonal relationships and their professional standing in the view of the broader public. ----- METHODS: A field survey was conducted using an independently created questionnaire on a nationally representative three-stage probabilistic sample of 1,008 Croatian citizens. By including weights, the sample became nationally representative in terms of sex, age, education, and regional representation. The survey was carried out from April 17 to May 13, 2012. ----- RESULTS: The Croatian public recognizes the importance of collaboration among physicians, but their everyday experiences tell a different story, in which almost half of the respondents evaluated physicians' collaboration as being mediocre, poor, or nonexistent. The perception of physicians' priorities and their primary interests, where every sixth respondent believes physicians always or almost always puts their own interest in front of that of the patients, as well as the perception of their inadequate adherence to professional standards, is indicative of a disillusioned stance of the public toward the medical profession in Croatia. ----- CONCLUSION: This research offered insight into findings that can have a profound and long-lasting effect on a health care delivery process if they are not further analyzed and rectified.

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Departments: Katedra za medicinsku sociologiju i ekonomiku zdravstva
Katedra za zdravstvenu ekologiju i medicinu rada
Depositing User: Marijan Šember
Status: Published
Ćurković, MarkoUNSPECIFIED
Milošević, MilanUNSPECIFIED
Mustajbegović, JadrankaUNSPECIFIED
Date: 25 August 2014
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2016 10:50
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2020 08:28
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