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The relative effect of health literacy and patient activation on provider choice in the Netherlands.

Rademakers, J., Nijman, J., Brabers, A.E.M., Jong, J.D. de, Hendriks, M. The relative effect of health literacy and patient activation on provider choice in the Netherlands. Health Policy: 2014, 114(2-3), 200-206
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Active provider choice by patients has become an important policy theme in western, countries over the last decades. However, not many patients and consumers exercise their rightto, choose. Both health literacy and patient activation are likely to have an impact on the choiceprocess.In,this article the relative effect of health literacy and patient activation on provider choice in the, Netherlands is studied. A questionnaire was sentto a representative sample of 2000 Dutch citizens. The questionnaire, included a measure of functional health literacy, the Dutch version of the Patient Activation Measure, and questions assessing active provider choice, reasons not to engage in it and other ways of provider, selection.The majority of respondents (59.6%)would not search for information on the basis of which they, could select the best provider or hospital. Most people rely on their general practitioner’s advice. Both, low literacy and lower patient activation levels were negatively associated with active provider choice. In a regression analysis gender, education and patient activation proved the most important, predictors. The policy focus on active provider choice might result in inequity, with men, less educated, and less activated people being at a disadvantage.(aut. ref.)
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