Title
Attitudes and self-reported behavior of patients, doctors and pharmacists in New Zealand and Belgium toward direct-to-consumer advertising of medication Attitudes and self-reported behavior of patients, doctors and pharmacists in New Zealand and Belgium toward direct-to-consumer advertising of medication
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Hillsdale, N.J. ,
Source (journal)
Health communication. - Hillsdale, N.J.
Volume/pages
23(2008) :1 , p. 45-61
ISSN
1041-0236
ISI
000253632800005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Patients, doctors, and pharmacists attitudes toward direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) for medication and their perceptions of its impact on patient self-reported behavior in terms of request for, and consumption of, advertised medication were investigated. Data were obtained in New Zealand, 1 of only 2 countries that allow mass-media DTCA for prescription medication, and in Belgium, which does not. Attitudes were relatively negative in both countries, but significantly more positive in New Zealand than in Belgium. The impact of DTCA (both in a positive and a negative sense) on self-reported patient behavior and patient interaction with doctors and pharmacists was limited in both countries. Althoughas already established in previous workthe informativeness and reliability of DTCA can be much improved, and the attitude of medical professionals toward DTCA is negative in both countries, from the point of view of medical professionals and patients, DTCA does not harm the self-reported relationship between doctors, pharmacists, and patients.
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