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Title: Attitudes of Hong Kong Chinese to traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine : survey and cluster analysis
Authors: Chan, MF
Mok, E 
Wong, YS
Tong, TF
Day, MC
Tang, CKY
Wong, DHC
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Source: Complementary therapies in medicine, 2003, v. 11, no. 2, p. 103-109 How to cite?
Journal: Complementary therapies in medicine 
Abstract: Objectives: To determine whether within a cohort of Hong Kong out-patients definable subtypes exist based on their attitudes to traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine. Design: Data were collected using a structured questionnaire. Setting: The sample of 503 subjects was recruited at two local outpatient clinics in Hong Kong. Main outcome measures: The study employs demographic variables, illness status, the Chinese-Western Medical Belief Scale, trust of physicians and subjects' preferences on consultation fees, attitude of health care professional, efficacy of service and waiting time during consultation. Results: A cluster analysis yielded three clusters based on their attitudes towards traditional Chinese and Western medicine. One cluster, 24% of the sample, is noted for being older, poorer, more likely to be female and to have chronic conditions; they are sceptical of western physicians. The second cluster (63% of the sample) is younger and have considerably more belief in Western than traditional Chinese medicine. The third group (14%) is intermediate in age and is noted for a marked faith in both forms of medicine. Conclusions: A clear profile of these attitudes of Hong Kong Chinese may benefit health care professionals in making appropriate patient-doctor relationships and planning patient care.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/24156
ISSN: 0965-2299
EISSN: 1873-6963
DOI: 10.1016/S0965-2299(03)00044-X
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