Accession Number : ADA332815

Title :   The Impact of the Health Care Perceptions of Female Patients and Their Health Care Providers on Women's Health Aboard Ships Compared to Women at Shore Stations

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 15 Nov 94-31 Jan 96

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Merrill, Lex L. ; Burr, Ralph G. ; Emens-Hesslink, Kristee

PDF Url : ADA332815

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : U.S. Navy women aboard 24 ships and at 39 shore stations were surveyed t0 determine their perceptions of their health, health care facilities, health care providers, and patient health care provider interactions. The women also reported their level of satisfaction with health care, medical care providers, and medical care facilities. The results indicate that the majority of women are satisfied with their health care while a minority indicated they are not satisfied with the health care they received at sick call. Health care utilization, in terms of the number of sick-call visits and the number of prescriptions received, among women serving aboard ships was similar to that for women at shore stations. Although women aboard ships reported significantly higher levels of distress (anxiety, depression, and loss of behavioral control), the clinical significance of this finding is unknown. Finally, in this sample the women aboard ships tended not to be as satisfied with%their overall health care or with their health care providers as women at shore stations. Although the multivariate test was not significant (p=.OE4), it is recommended that the hypothesis that women aboard ships are dissatisfied not be rejected before additional data are collected and analyzed.

Descriptors :   *NAVAL PERSONNEL, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *WOMEN, SHIP PERSONNEL, PATIENTS, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, NAVAL SHORE FACILITIES, HEALTH SURVEYS, PERCEPTION, ANXIETY.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE