This research was supported by a grant from the Nuffield Foundation.
Prioritizing Patients for Surgery: Factors Affecting Allocation of Medical Resources for Kidney Transplantation, IVF, and Rhinoplasty1
Version of Record online: 21 MAR 2011
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 588–608, March 2011
How to Cite
Furnham, A., Petrides, K. V. and Callahan, I. (2011), Prioritizing Patients for Surgery: Factors Affecting Allocation of Medical Resources for Kidney Transplantation, IVF, and Rhinoplasty. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 588–608. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00728.x
- Issue online: 21 MAR 2011
- Version of Record online: 21 MAR 2011
The present study sought to investigate whether the factors that affect the allocation of scarce medical resources vary across different types of treatment and whether participants prioritize hypothetical patients based on patients' marital status, annual income, history of mental illness, and smoking habits. Study participants (N = 114) made prioritization decisions that were found to be very different across treatments. Repeated-measure ANOVAs showed that single patients were favored for rhinoplasty, while married patients were favored for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and kidney transplant treatment. Nonsmoking patients were preferred over their smoking counterparts. Low-income patients were favored for rhinoplasty and kidney transplant operations, but not for IVF. Mentally healthy patients were generally preferred over mentally ill patients.