Laboratory tests and compliance of dermatologic outpatients

Jaehwan Kim, Won Ung Shin, Yoo Sang Baek, Tom Joonhwan Kim, Chil Hwan Oh

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Laboratory tests, including blood tests and urine analysis, are frequently performed in the dermatology outpatient clinic, but doctors often do not consider the cognitive or psychological effect of the examinations. Based on terror management theory, we hypothesized that performing laboratory tests increases the patient's fear of mortality, and therefore has a positive effect on the patient's attitude toward the doctor's recommendations and willingness to accept them. The study employed a single factor between-subjects design, using a questionnaire completed by the patients. One group consisted of patients who had undergone laboratory tests 1 week before the survey, and the other group consisted of patients who had not undergone a laboratory test. Although the differences between two groups were not statistically significant, the patients who had laboratory tests had tendency to show even lower positive attitude toward the doctor's recommendations and less intention to follow the recommendations. In contrast to our hypothesis, performing laboratory tests does not subliminally increase patients' fears or anxieties about their disease or their compliance with doctors' recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2-206.v1
JournalF1000Research
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 7

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Compliance
Outpatients
Fear
Dermatology
Hematologic Tests
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Blood
Anxiety
Urine
Psychology
Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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Kim, J., Shin, W. U., Baek, Y. S., Kim, T. J., & Oh, C. H. (2013). Laboratory tests and compliance of dermatologic outpatients. F1000Research, 2, [2-206.v1]. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.2-206.v1

Laboratory tests and compliance of dermatologic outpatients. / Kim, Jaehwan; Shin, Won Ung; Baek, Yoo Sang; Kim, Tom Joonhwan; Oh, Chil Hwan.

In: F1000Research, Vol. 2, 2-206.v1, 07.10.2013.

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Kim, Jaehwan ; Shin, Won Ung ; Baek, Yoo Sang ; Kim, Tom Joonhwan ; Oh, Chil Hwan. / Laboratory tests and compliance of dermatologic outpatients. In: F1000Research. 2013 ; Vol. 2.
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