THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF SEEKING HEALTH CARE THROUGH INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL TOURISM

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211463
Type:
Research Study
Title:
THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF SEEKING HEALTH CARE THROUGH INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL TOURISM
Abstract:
Purposes/Aims:  Medical tourism is a growing industry with a large number of people from many countries traveling internationally to obtain medical care.  The purpose of this study was twofold: (a) to explore the experiences of international travel for the purpose of medical or dental care from the perspective of patients from Alaska and (b) to develop insight and understanding of the essence of this phenomenon. Rationale/Conceptual Basis/Background:  Despite the increasing popularity of medical tourism, there are few studies in scholarly literature exploring the perspective of patients seeking to improve their health status in the international health care market.  Health seeking behavior is used as the conceptual foundation for this study.  Medical tourism has become a modern global health care option for people seeking to improve or enhance their health. Methods: Using a qualitative, interpretive phenomenological design, a purposive sample of fifteen Alaskan medical tourists who have experienced international travel for the objective of medical or dental care were individually interviewed.  The data was analyzed using a hermeneutic process of inquiry to uncover the essential meaning of the experience. Results: Through hermeneutic analysis of the participants’ narrative accounts, the themes of Motivation, Research, Obtaining Care, Follow-up, Advice, and Future Health Care emerged.  Sub-themes are used to further categorize data for increased understanding.  The thematic analysis provides insight into the essential structure of the lived experience of the medical tourism phenomenon as well as further information about a modern approach to health seeking behavior.  The conceptual definition and health seeking behavior model are updated. Implications: Improved understanding of the medical tourism experience provides further information about a modern approach to health seeking behavior.  Health care professionals will benefit by being better able to advocate for patients’ choices in health seeking behavior, counsel regarding medical tourism options, provide follow-up health care after medical tourism, and actively participate in global health policy discussions.  Further study of medical tourism from the patient perspective is needed in the global health care arena.
Keywords:
International health care management; Travel
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
4528
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleTHE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF SEEKING HEALTH CARE THROUGH INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL TOURISMen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211463-
dc.description.abstractPurposes/Aims:  Medical tourism is a growing industry with a large number of people from many countries traveling internationally to obtain medical care.  The purpose of this study was twofold: (a) to explore the experiences of international travel for the purpose of medical or dental care from the perspective of patients from Alaska and (b) to develop insight and understanding of the essence of this phenomenon. Rationale/Conceptual Basis/Background:  Despite the increasing popularity of medical tourism, there are few studies in scholarly literature exploring the perspective of patients seeking to improve their health status in the international health care market.  Health seeking behavior is used as the conceptual foundation for this study.  Medical tourism has become a modern global health care option for people seeking to improve or enhance their health. Methods: Using a qualitative, interpretive phenomenological design, a purposive sample of fifteen Alaskan medical tourists who have experienced international travel for the objective of medical or dental care were individually interviewed.  The data was analyzed using a hermeneutic process of inquiry to uncover the essential meaning of the experience. Results: Through hermeneutic analysis of the participants’ narrative accounts, the themes of Motivation, Research, Obtaining Care, Follow-up, Advice, and Future Health Care emerged.  Sub-themes are used to further categorize data for increased understanding.  The thematic analysis provides insight into the essential structure of the lived experience of the medical tourism phenomenon as well as further information about a modern approach to health seeking behavior.  The conceptual definition and health seeking behavior model are updated. Implications: Improved understanding of the medical tourism experience provides further information about a modern approach to health seeking behavior.  Health care professionals will benefit by being better able to advocate for patients’ choices in health seeking behavior, counsel regarding medical tourism options, provide follow-up health care after medical tourism, and actively participate in global health policy discussions.  Further study of medical tourism from the patient perspective is needed in the global health care arena.en_GB
dc.subjectInternational health care managementen_GB
dc.subjectTravelen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T11:56:36Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T11:56:36Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T11:56:36Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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