CC BY 4.0 · Journal of Child Science 2020; 10(01): e215-e220
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1721449
Original Article

Investigating the Effect of Gift-Giving on Patient's Behavior in the Pediatric Clinic of Dr. Sheikh Hospital of Mashhad

1  Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
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2  Kidney Transplantation Complications Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
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1  Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
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3  Department of Community Medicine, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran
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4  Department of Pediatrics, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
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2  Kidney Transplantation Complications Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
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Abstract

Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of gift-giving on the patient's behavior. We hypothesized that it is possible to improve the relationship between a doctor and a patient by giving the visiting patient gifts as such gesture may boost her confidence in the doctor, help built personable relationship, and thereby facilitate examination.

Materials and Methods For this study, we selected pediatric patients aged 3 to 12 years, who visited pediatric clinic of Dr. Sheikh Hospital of Mashhad. Patients were divided into two groups. One group received a gift (stickers) after examination and prescription. The criterion for evaluating patients' behavior was parental opinion, and the questionnaire was completed in two stages. The Chi-square test was used to compare the behavior of the patients, and data were analyzed by SPSS software.

Results In total, 194 people participated that included 74 boys and 120 girls. There was a significant difference at the 99% level between the control and intervention groups in the variables of stress, the desire to go to the doctor, fear reduction between visits, regular use of the drug, cooperation with the doctor, the desire for re-referral, and insistence on referring to the same physician after receiving the gift. There was also a significant difference at the 95% level between two groups in terms of the expression of physical problems by kids. However, there was no significant difference in the level of stress before the receipt of the gift, the desire and willingness to refer to the doctor before receiving the gift, and the waiting time tolerance to enter the doctor's room.

Conclusion We found that gifts motivate more appropriate behaviors in kids when referring to a doctor.



Publication History

Received: 21 July 2020

Accepted: 22 October 2020

Publication Date:
02 December 2020 (online)

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