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Patients’ appraisals of public and private healthcare: a qualitative study of physiotherapy and osteopathy

Bradbury, K.J., Bishop, Felicity L., Yardley, Lucy and Lewith, George T. (2013) Patients’ appraisals of public and private healthcare: a qualitative study of physiotherapy and osteopathy Journal of Health Psychology, 18, (10), pp. 1307-1318. (doi:10.1177/1359105312465101). (PMID:23180877).

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Patients have previously reported differences in their experiences of treatments received in the public and private sectors; it remains unclear whether such perceived differences are particular to or shared across different interventions. This study explored whether patients' appraisals of public and private treatments are similar when appraising a complementary therapy (osteopathy) compared to a mainstream therapy (physiotherapy). Thirty-five qualitative interviews were analysed thematically. Patients' appraisals varied by health-care sector and therapy type: physiotherapy was appraised more negatively in the National Health Service than the private sector but osteopathy was appraised similarly within both health-care sectors. Potential reasons for this are discussed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 September 2012
Published date: October 2013
Keywords: appraisals/perceptions, complementary and alternative medicine, health-care systems, qualitative methods, treatment
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 344343
ISSN: 1461-7277
PURE UUID: 3fa19bc5-9dc0-4f6f-a563-f3c7fce7948e
ORCID for K.J. Bradbury: ORCID iD
ORCID for Felicity L. Bishop: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 18 Oct 2012 11:36
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:17

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