Participation in Medical Encounter-Does Social Capital Matter?


  • Hsieh-Hua Yang
  • Fen Fen Huang
  • Yi-Horng Lai
  • Hung-Jen Yang Department of Industrial Technology Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University No. 62, Shenjhong Rd., Yanchao Township, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan


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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How to Cite

Yang, H.-H., Huang, F. F., Lai, Y.-H., & Yang, H.-J. (2014). Participation in Medical Encounter-Does Social Capital Matter?. Asian Journal of Business and Management, 2(5). Retrieved from