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Volume 13, Issue 4 - Dec 2003
Volume 13, Issue 3 - Sep 2003
Volume 13, Issue 2 - Jun 2003
Volume 13, Issue 1 - Mar 2003
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Health Promotion Policy about Antismoking on Some Elementary.Middle.High Schools in Gangwon-do
Health Policy and Management, volume 13, issue 3, 2003, Pages 1~20
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2003.13.3.001
The purpose of this study was to investigate the current status of health promotion policies about antismoking, and the relationship between policy status, enforcement of smoking restrictions and perceptions of smoking behaviour among teachers. A representative sample of 173 teachers
school inspectors from 150 elementary
high schools in Gangwon-do was surveyed during Gangwon-do Office of Education`s antismoking and temperance training course in 2002 (response rate 60.7%). One staff member from each school was also analyzed regarding school antismoking polices for students and teachers in several locations within and outside the school building. The results showed that 118 elementary
high schools (78.7%) had an antismoking policy and more schools had a written policy on student antismoking than on teacher antismoking. Most schools (92.4%) in the sample banned smoking by students, but 52 schools (44.1%) allowed smoking by teachers in restricted areas. However, teachers reported seeing smoking sometimes in the toilets (42.7%) or the playground (40.0%) among students and sometimes in the staff room (31.3%) or about every day on school premises (52.7%) among teachers. Irrespective of the type of policy or restrictions on smoking, the association between having a ban on student/teacher smoking and teachers` perceptions of student/teacher smoking in school was not significant. In conclusion, we suggest that most schools must have explicitly an antismoking policy on both students & teachers and enforce consistently a ban in promoting a healthy school environment(smoke-free schools).
On the Determination of Outpatient`s Revisit using Data Mining
Health Policy and Management, volume 13, issue 3, 2003, Pages 21~34
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2003.13.3.021
Patient revisit to used hospital is a key factor in determining a health care organization`s competitive advantage and survival. This article examines the relationship between customer`s satisfaction and his/her revisit associated with three different methods which are the Chi Square Automatic Interaction Detection(CHAID) for segmenting the outpatient group, logistic regression and neural networks for addressing the outpatient`s revisit. The main findings indicate that the important factors on outpatient`s revisit are physician`s kindness, nurse`s skill, overall level of satisfaction, hospital reputation, recommendation, level of diagnoses and outpatient`s age. Among these ones, physician`s kindness is the most important factor as guidelines for decision of their revisit. The decision maker of hospital should select the strategy containing the variable amount of the level of revisit and size of outpatient`s group under the constraint on the hospital`s time, budget and manpower given. Finally, this study shows that neural networks, as non-parametric technique, appear to more correctly predict revisit than does logistic regression as a parametric estimation technique.
The Development of a Quality Assessment Tool for the Process of Health Promotion Programs at Public Health Centers
Health Policy and Management, volume 13, issue 3, 2003, Pages 35~51
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2003.13.3.035
This study purports to develop a quality assessment tool for the process of health promotion programs at public health centers(PHC). The draft of the assessment tool developed by the literature was distributed to 242 staffs who were in charge of the health promotion programs at PHCs for evaluating the feasibility of the tool on September and October 2002. The major results of the study were as follows; The quality assessment tool developed in the study consisted of four domains: strategic planning, program management, monitoring and evaluation, and resources and information. The strategic planning dealt with the function of the planning staff and committees, community data analysis, the feasibility of the program, and the approach methods for attaining the goal of the program. The program management included the items on the qualification and power of the program staff. The monitoring and evaluation included the items on the reporting and communication among program units, and feed back after monitoring. Finally, the resources and information dealt with community networking, clients` response, and consulting activity of the staff. The validity of the tools was tested and partly supported by both formative and criterion-related methods. The assessment tools developed in this study could be used by health promotion workers in the self-evaluation of the program quality. In conclusion, the quality assessment tool developed in the study will be a good safeguard for assuring the quality of the process of health promotion programs.
Suggestion for Reform of Korean Medical-Juridical-Person System: through review on for-profit ownership of Korean medical institutions
Health Policy and Management, volume 13, issue 3, 2003, Pages 52~70
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2003.13.3.052
The rate of conversion to Medical-juridical-persons` ownership of medical institutions has increased rapidly since its start in 1970s in Korea. The most sensitive issue to introduce for-profit medical institutions, ignited particularly by the WTO/DDA negotiations, has sparked considerable debate, stemming largely from conflicting views on the theoretical effects of ownership status on organizational behavior. This study surveyed health-related experts` opinions on allowing for for-profit-firms-owned medical institutions. Some fear that the obligation to maximize the share-holders` return on their investment will cause the medical institutions to eliminate necessary but less lucrative services. They may easily fall under more pressure to generate income, and respond more aggressively than not-for-profit medical institutions to financial pressures. Advocates of for-profit ownership of medical institutions argue that greater responsiveness to the demands of the marketplace will lead to larger investment, higher quality and lower costs to consumers. Referring to both foreign countries` experience and domestic experts` opinions, this study suggests for reform of the current Korean Medical-Juridical-Person(MJP) System. Introduction of so-called “Capital-investment” MJPs is recommended where the properties left in case of their dissolution can be distributed to original investors according to the procedures stipulated in their statutes. However, their annual profits are not allowed to be allocated to investors, but should be reinvested for their medical institutions, as is the case in current MJPs. Their legal aspects are also reviewed in this study.
The Effects of Organizational Justice on Job Satisfaction, Professional Commitment and Organizational Commitment among Hospital Physicians
Health Policy and Management, volume 13, issue 3, 2003, Pages 71~90
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2003.13.3.071
The purpose of this study is to investigate the impacts of distributive and procedural justice on job satisfaction, professional commitment and organizational commitment among hospital physicians. The sample of this study consisted of 185 physicians from 8 general hospitals located in Metropolitan area and Youngnam area in Korea. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires with the response rate of 40.2% and analyzed using hierarchical regression technique. The results of this study showed that procedural justice had a direct impact on job satisfaction, professional commitment and organizational commitment among hospital physicians, whereas distributive justice had no significant impact. The results imply that hospital administrators should take measures to establish procedural justice to increase job satisfaction, professional commitment and organizational commitment among hospital physicians.
Forecast of health expenditure by transfer function model
Health Policy and Management, volume 13, issue 3, 2003, Pages 91~103
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2003.13.3.091
The purpose of this study was to provide basic reference data for stabilization scheme of health expenditure through forecasting of health expenditure. The authors analyzed the health expenditure from 1985 to 2000 that had been calculated by Korean institute for health and social affair using transfer function model as ARIMA model with input series. They used GDP as the input series for more precise forecasting. The model of error term was identified ARIMA(2,2,0) and Portmanteau statics of residuals was not significant. Forecasting health expenditure as percent of GDP at 2010 was 6.8%, under assumption of 5% GDP increase rate. Moreover that was 7.4%, under assumption of 3% GDP increase rate and that was 6.4%, under assumption of 7% GDP increase rate.
A Difference in Utilization of Cancer Inpatient Services by Income Class of Residents in Jeju Island
Health Policy and Management, volume 13, issue 3, 2003, Pages 104~128
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2003.13.3.104
Equity in health care has taken priority in the Korean government`s policy agenda after the government-led national health insurance achieved universal coverage in 1989 along with the final inclusion of the self-employed as beneficiary. The purpose of this study is to examine the extent to which there exists difference or inequality in the utilization of health care, especially cancer inpatient services among income classes. We analysed the utilization of cancer inpatient services of residents in Jeju Island for a year of 2000, using the national health insurance data for qualification of beneficiaries and utilization of health care. The independent variable are 10 income classes based on the national health insurance fee imposed on each household for a year of 2000. The dependent variables of this study are an amount of cancer inpatient health care utilization measured by cancer admission days and cancer treatment costs. Also, cancer inpatient health care utilization is analysed by three categories divided into utilization in medical care institutions (1) within Jeju Island, (2) outside Jeju Island, and (3) all within and outside Jeju Island. We measured concentration index of cancer inpatient health care utilization. This analysis showed negative concentration index within Jeju Island and positive outside Jeju Island, and positive in all within and outside Jeju Island. This results suggest inequality against the relatively poor income groups in utilization of cancer inpatient health care services. Especially, inequity of cancer inpatient health care would be more serious in Jeju Island of Korea, considering that lower income groups reportedly have higher incidence rates in most of cancer and thus use more health services.
Profitability determinants of hospitals
Health Policy and Management, volume 13, issue 3, 2003, Pages 129~147
DOI : 10.4332/KJHPA.2003.13.3.129
This study is to grasp a trend of profitability classified by characteristics of hospitals and to analyze related factors. Subjects are 145 hospitals which have gotten the standardization audit by Korean Hospital Association during 1998-200l. Profitability was measured in the aspect of operation profit rate with operating margin to gross revenue as proxy variables. Independent variables were classified by general factors (ownership, number of beds, period of establishment, competition), financial factors (liabilities to total assets, current ratio, fixed ratio, total asset turnover, inventories turnover), and factors related to patient treatment (average length of stay, bed occupancy rate, new outpatient ratio, admission ratio of outpatients, number of patients per specialist, personnel costs per adjusted inpatient, administrative costs per adjusted inpatient). Hierarchical multiple regression analysis model was used in this study. As a result of hierarchical multiple regression analyzation of operating margin to gross revenue, adjustive
of general factors was relatively more powerful. The factors had significant effect on operating margin to gross revenue were ownership(+), number of beds(+), competition(+), current ratio(+), fixed ratio(+), total asset turnover(+), personnel costs per adjusted inpatient(-).