Holdninger til legesøkning - variasjoner etter sosial tilhørighet?

English title: Attitudes to seeking medical assistance - variations depending on social background?

Author(s): Birgitte Klüwer-Trotter - Olaug S Lian -

Language: Norwegian

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012


Background. Increasing socio-economic inequalities in health, nationally as well as internationally, give rise to a timely question: Are there any systematic differences between people from differing social backgrounds with regard to their attitude to seeking professional medical assistance when experiencing physical problems of various kinds? Material and method. The data material is taken from the Norwegian part of European Social Survey 2004. The analyses are based on data from 741 men and 694 women aged 25 - 75. The correlation between educational level and attitude to seeking medical assistance in the case of four minor hypothetical symptoms was analysed using logistic regression. Results. The proportion responding that they would have sought medical attention decreased with increasing level of education. In the unadjusted analyses, the educational differences were statistically significant between the highest and lowest level of education for all symptom scenarios for both genders. In the adjusted analyses, this pattern was observed only among women: women with the lowest level of education reported that they would choose to see a doctor more often than women with the highest level of education, with odds ratios ranging from 1.62 (95 % CI 1.02 - 2.56) for a serious headache to 2.24 (95 % CI 1.40 - 3.58) for a sore throat. Interpretation. The findings indicate that attitudes to seeking medical assistance - in the sense of how people believe they ought to think and act, and what they believe to be perceived as socially acceptable in given situations - vary systematically with level of education.

Volume: 132

Issue: 1

From page no: 36

To page no: 40

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.4045/TIDSSKR.11.0380

Journal: Tidsskrift for Den norske lægeforening

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