E. Hunt, MDiet, APD, Dietitian
Community health-care planning in Western Australian Country Health Service-South West: An evaluation of patient views
Article first published online: 28 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Nutrition & Dietetics © 2012 Dietitians Association of Australia
Nutrition & Dietetics
Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 26–31, March 2012
How to Cite
HUNT, E., MOORE, J.-A. and SHERRIFF, J. (2012), Community health-care planning in Western Australian Country Health Service-South West: An evaluation of patient views. Nutrition & Dietetics, 69: 26–31. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2011.01571.x
J. Moore, BAppSc Hons (Physio), Community Health Manager
J. Sherriff, PhD, Adv APD, Associate Professor
- Issue published online: 28 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 28 FEB 2012
- Accepted April 2011
- community health;
- focus groups;
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.