Manchaiah, V. & Gomersall, P.
Faculty of Science and Technology Annual Research Conference (FST – 2014), Cambridge (UK), May 2014.
Publication year: 2014

Abstract

Objective: Patient-centredness has become one of the important aspects of healthcare service delivery. However, limited studies exist in hearing healthcare in terms of patient-centredness. The objective of this study was to examine and compare audiologists’ preferences for patient-centredness in Portugal, India and Iran. Design: The study used a cross-sectional survey design and purposive sampling to recruit audiologists’ from three different countries. Study Sample: A total of 191 fully-completed responses were included in the analysis (55 from Portugal, 78 from India and 58 from Iran).  Results: No significant differences were found in terms of age and duration of experience among audiologists from different countries. A significant level of difference (p < 0.001) was found between audiologists’ preferences for patient-centredness in three countries. Audiologists in Portugal had a greater preference for patient-centredness when compared to audiologists in India and Iran. Conclusion: There are difference and similarities in audiologists’ preferences for patient-centredness among countries. These findings may have implications to training professionals and also to clinical practice in terms of optimising hearing healthcare across countries.