Korean J Fam Pract. 2018; 8(5): 690-695  https://doi.org/10.21215/kjfp.2018.8.5.690
A Survey-based Study on Awareness Regarding Health Behaviors and Effectiveness of Periodic Health Examination in Korean Adults
Seung-Yeon Lee1, Yun-Mi Song1, Hyeonyoung Ko1, Woo Yong Lee2, Yoon-Ho Choi2, Son Mi Chung2, Jin-Hyuck Kim1, Jinyoung Shin3,*
1Department of Family Medicine, 2Center for Health Promotion, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul; 3Department of Family Medicine, Konkuk University Medical Center, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Jinyoung Shin
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ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9558-1853
Received: July 20, 2017; Revised: August 8, 2017; Accepted: August 19, 2017; Published online: October 20, 2018.
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Background: It is crucial to investigate the level of awareness among the general population regarding the need for health examination in a consumer-centered clinical setting. This study aimed to understand the periodic health examinee’s level of awareness regarding age for health examination in comparison to that of medical staff.
Methods: We recruited 585 subjects who visited the health promotion center and 228 medical staff members who worked in the same hospital from January 2016 to May 2016. The survey was designed to investigate the respondents’ level of awareness regarding age for health examination, and whether the screening for particular types of cancers would be beneficial for early diagnosis. The chi-square test was used for statistical analysis.
Results: A large proportion of periodic health examinees answered that there is no upper age limit for health examination. In the periodic health examinee group, more than 85.0% answered that they would continue health examination even after reaching the upper age limit. Majority of medical staff (65.8%) answered that they would encourage their patients to make an informed decision. Periodic health examinees believed that pancreatic and lung cancer screening would offer the least benefit for prognosis.
Conclusion: There are differences in the level of awareness between periodic health examinees and medical staff regarding the appropriate age for health examination and types of cancers where screening can be beneficial. These results support the importance of establishing correct perceptions regarding health examination, and the installation of screening programs to meet the expectations and demands.
Keywords: Health Examination; Awareness; Survey and Questionnaires; Periodic Health Examinee; Medical Staff
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