Community health-care planning in Western Australian Country Health Service-South West: An evaluation of patient views

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Abstract

Aims:

To investigate community health patients' impressions of care planning and their relationship with allied health professionals in a rural town in Western Australia.

Methods:

Focus groups were conducted followed by a survey to identify patients' opinions on care planning and their relationships with health professionals.

Results:

Focus groups and a survey identified that patients generally had positive attitudes towards their experiences with community-based allied health professionals. Participants identified some of the attributes that they valued in allied health professionals. Many participants (39%) believed that they had a partnership with the health professional and also valued having a shared decision-making power with the health professional (46%); however, 17% identified that they would prefer the health professional to assume more of the decision-making power.

Conclusions:

More work is needed to create a health culture in which patients want to manage their own health and can develop a relationship with their health professional that allows them to achieve this.

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