This project was supported by NIMH Grant #1 R15 MH62096 01A1, which was awarded to the second author. The authors thank Kim Parchman, Jean Peterson, Loraine Bleu, and the members of the Santa Rosa Classics Organization for their help with this project. We also thank Yuen Huo and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments. Finally, we thank Byrne Eggenberger for inspiring us to learn more about older patients’ experiences and wisdom.
When Will Older Patients Follow Doctors’ Recommendations? Interpersonal Treatment, Outcome Favorability, and Perceived Age Differences1
Article first published online: 10 APR 2008
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 5, pages 1127–1146, May 2008
How to Cite
Eggenberger Carroll, J., Smith, H. and Hillier, S. (2008), When Will Older Patients Follow Doctors’ Recommendations? Interpersonal Treatment, Outcome Favorability, and Perceived Age Differences. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38: 1127–1146. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00342.x
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 10 APR 2008
Study participants were 104 older patients (M age = 76 years) who rated their last visit to a doctor. If they felt respectfully and honestly treated by the doctor, they were more willing to confide in a medical professional. If they received the information that they needed, they were more likely to follow the doctor's recommendations. However, if they perceived their doctor to be closer to them in age, respectful treatment was most closely related to compliance. If they perceived their doctor to be much younger than themselves, obtaining needed information was related most closely to compliance. The results illustrate the value of treating age as a salient social category that can shape older patients’ reactions to their medical visits.