An Australian survey of audiologists' preferences for patient-centredness

Laplante-Levesque, Ariane, Hickson, Louise and Grenness, Caitlin (2014) An Australian survey of audiologists' preferences for patient-centredness. International Journal of Audiology, 53 S1: S76-S82. doi:10.3109/14992027.2013.832418


Author Laplante-Levesque, Ariane
Hickson, Louise
Grenness, Caitlin
Title An Australian survey of audiologists' preferences for patient-centredness
Journal name International Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1499-2027
1708-8186
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/14992027.2013.832418
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Issue S1
Start page S76
End page S82
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject 3616 Speech and Hearing
1203 Design Practice and Management
3310 Linguistics and Language
Abstract Objective: Patient-centredness is becoming a core value of health services worldwide, however it remains largely unexplored in audiology. This study investigated audiologists' preferences for patient-centredness and identified factors that explain audiologists' preferences for patient-centredness. Design: All members of the Audiological Society of Australia received two questionnaires: (1) a descriptive questionnaire (e.g. age, gender, place of residence, years in practice, employment characteristics), and (2) a modified patient-practitioner orientation scale (PPOS; Krupat et al, 2000) which measures preferences for two aspects of patient-centredness, sharing and caring. Study sample: In total 663 (46%) audiologists returned both questionnaires fully completed. Results: Mean PPOS scores indicated that audiologists prefer patient-centredness. Linear regression modelling identified that older audiologists, that had practiced longer, and who worked in community education, industrial audiology, or teaching had a significantly greater preference for patient-centredness than their peers. In contrast, audiologists who practiced in a private environment and who worked in the area of assessment of adults had a significantly lesser preference for patient-centredness than their peers. Conclusions: Audiologists prefer client-centredness and age, years of experience, and employment characteristics can partly explain preferences for patient-centredness. Future research should explore the relationships between patient-centredness and intervention outcomes in audiology.
Keyword Audiologist
Australia
Clinical interaction
Health communication
Patient-centredness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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