Patient characteristics negatively stereotyped by doctors

Najman, JM, Klein, D and Munro, C (1982) Patient characteristics negatively stereotyped by doctors. Social Science and Medicine, 16 20: 1781-1789. doi:10.1016/0277-9536(82)90272-6

Author Najman, JM
Klein, D
Munro, C
Title Patient characteristics negatively stereotyped by doctors
Journal name Social Science and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-9536
Publication date 1982-01-01
Year available 1982
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0277-9536(82)90272-6
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 20
Start page 1781
End page 1789
Total pages 9
Place of publication OXFORD
Language eng
Subject 2002 Cultural Studies
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
3207 Social Psychology
3303 Development
3306 Health (social science)
Abstract A variety of studies demonstrate the existence of prejudice in the manner and content of health care delivery. Alcoholics, attempted suicides, drug addicts, prostitutes, the mentally retarded or mentally ill, the aged and women have been found to receive less adequate health care. Previous studies have identified manifestations of prejudice in health care delivery but have generally failed to determine the prevalence of negative stereotypes in a sample comprising a cross section of medical practitioners. This study reviews the negative patient stereotypes reported by 2421 Victorian (Australia) and Michigan (U.S.A.) doctors. The characteristics of patients so stereotyped are found to be remarkably consistent. The most commonly held negative stereotypes (patients who abuse alcohol, unhygienic patients, abusive patients, substance abusers and those with minor mental disorders) appear to be determined by the social values which prevail in our society. Many negative stereotypes appear to reflect a response to patients who deviate from the sick role. Other stereotypes may involve reactions to patients or to the types of problems which raise important therapeutic dilemmas.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Social Sciences, Biomedical
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Biomedical Social Sciences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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