Participation in Medical Encounterï¼Does Social Capital Matter?
Keywords:Social capital, Medical encounter, Patient Participation
Social capital provides knowledge about available health resources or increase awareness that treatment is needed. It is argued that social capital does matter in medical encounter. There were 529 males and 569 females participated in the study. The demographics, health information searching, social capital, and the interaction with doctor were collected by a questionnaire. The result showed gender difference of involvement in medical encounter, health information searching and social capital were significant factors for discussing with doctor about both treatment and health status. Implication is discussed.
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