Factors related to adolescents' perceptions of treatment outcomes in an adolescent health clinic.

M. C. Lee, C. F. Liao, Tsung-Hsueh Lu, C. T. Lee, M. C. Chou

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Abstract

To determine factors related to adolescents' perceived treatment outcomes of their health problems in an adolescent health clinic located at a college hospital, 246 adolescent patients between the ages of 11 and 21 who visited the clinic twice or more during the period January 1994 to December 1995 were included in this study. Information concerning adolescents' sociodemographic characteristics, family function, office visits and health problems of first visits was collected by reviewing subjects' medical and other clinic-related records. In addition, a structured questionnaire was mailed to assess subjects' satisfaction with physicians and the environment and services provided by the clinic as well as their perceived treatment outcomes. 148 patients completed the questionnaire, a response rate of 60.2%. Most of the respondents were in late-stage adolescence (71.0%) and were in school (71.0%). About half of respondents had normal family function, while the other half had moderate or severe family dysfunction. Most of the health problems of respondents were acute (64.2%) and were biological (76.4%) conditions. Most of the respondents were satisfied with the various characteristics of physicians except confidentiality emphasized by the physicians, while many fewer respondents were satisfied with the environment and services provided by the clinic. Family function, physicians' respect toward the adolescents, and the adolescents' satisfaction with the services provided in general were the factors significantly related to adolescents' perceived treatment outcomes based on a stepwise, multiple logistic regression analysis. We conclude that efforts to provided could result in better adolescent perceived treatment outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-111
Number of pages8
JournalThe Kaohsiung journal of medical sciences
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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