Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Wiley

Journal description

Do patients want to participate in treatment decisions? What is the best way to determine the views of health service users? What can governments do to engage citizens in setting priorities? What factors influence the demand for health care?Health Expectations aims to promote critical thinking and informed debate about all aspects of public participation in health care and health policy, including: involvement of patients and their advocates in decisions about individual health care; involvement of health service users and their representatives in aspects of service design, delivery and evaluation; involvement of the general public in debates about health care policy.

Current impact factor: 3.41

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.41
2013 Impact Factor 2.852
2012 Impact Factor 2.11
2011 Impact Factor 2.315
2010 Impact Factor 2.315
2009 Impact Factor 1.803
2008 Impact Factor 2.397
2007 Impact Factor 1.949
2006 Impact Factor 2.089

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.24
Cited half-life 6.30
Immediacy index 0.78
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 1.17
Website Health Expectations website
Other titles Health expectations (Online)
ISSN 1369-7625
OCLC 45266670
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To improve pharmaceutical care delivery in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health (MOH) had introduced the concept of value added services (VAS). Despite its reported convenience and advantages, VAS utilization rate is low in the country. The study aims to explore patients' understanding, beliefs and expectations towards VAS in Malaysia using the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) as the theoretical model. Methods: A qualitative methodology was used whereby face-to-face interviews were conducted with 12 patients who collected partial medicine supplies from government pharmacies. Participants were recruited using purposive and snowball sampling method in the state of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Interviews were audio-recorded. Verbatim transcription and thematic content analysis were performed on the data. Results: Thematic content analysis yielded five major themes: (i) attitudes towards using VAS, (ii) subjective norms, (iii) perceived behavioural control, (iv) lack of knowledge and understanding of VAS and (v) expectations towards VAS. Conclusion: The interviews explored and informed new information about salient beliefs towards pharmacy VAS. The findings suggest that VAS is still in its infancy and a more robust and effective advertising and marketing campaign is needed to boost the adoption rate. Behavioural attitudes, subjective norms and perceived control elements were discussed and serve as important variables of interest in future study. Expectations towards VAS serve as an important guideline to further improve patient-oriented services.
    Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy 10/2015; DOI:10.1111/hex.12416
  • Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy 10/2015; 18(5). DOI:10.1111/hex.12399
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    ABSTRACT: Background The benefits of end-user involvement in health-care research are widely recognized by research agencies. There are few published evaluations of end-user involvement in systematic reviews.Objectives(i) Describe end-user involvement in a complex mixed-methods systematic review of ADHD in schools, (ii) reflect on the impact of end-user involvement, (iii) highlight challenges and benefits experienced and (iv) provide suggestions to inform future involvement.Methods End-users were involved in all stages of the project, both as authors and as members of an advisory group. In addition, several events were held with groups of relevant end-users during the project.ResultsEnd-user input (i) guided the direction of the research, (ii) contributed to a typology of interventions and outcomes, (iii) contributed to the direction of data analysis and (iv) contributed to the robustness of the syntheses by demonstrating the alignment of interim findings with lived experiences. Challenges included (i) managing expectations, (ii) managing the intensity of emotion, (iii) ensuring that involvement was fruitful for all not just the researcher, (iv) our capacity to communicate and manage the process and (v) engendering a sense of involvement amongst end-users.Conclusions End-user involvement was an important aspect of this project. To minimize challenges in future projects, a recognition by the project management team and the funding provider that end-user involvement even in evidence synthesis projects is resource intensive is essential to allow appropriate allocation of time and resources for meaningful engagement.
    Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy 09/2015; DOI:10.1111/hex.12400
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    ABSTRACT: Health communication research and guidelines often recommend that medical terminology be avoided when communicating with patients due to their limited understanding of medical terms. However, growing numbers of e-patients use the Internet to equip themselves with specialized biomedical knowledge that is couched in medical terms, which they then share on participatory media, such as online patient forums. Given possible discrepancies between preconceptions about the kind of language that patients can understand and the terms they may actually know and use, the purpose of this paper was to investigate medical terminology used by patients in online patient forums. Using data from online patient-patient communication where patients communicate with each other without expert moderation or intervention, we coded two data samples from two online patient forums dedicated to thyroid issues. Previous definitions of medical terms (dichotomized into technical and semi-technical) proved too rudimentary to encapsulate the types of medical terms the patients used. Therefore, using an inductive approach, we developed an analytical framework consisting of five categories of medical terms: dictionary-defined medical terms, co-text-defined medical terms, medical initialisms, medication brand names and colloquial technical terms. The patients in our data set used many medical terms from all of these categories. Our findings suggest the value of a situated, condition-specific approach to health literacy that recognizes the vertical kind of knowledge that patients with chronic diseases may have. We make cautious recommendations for clinical practice, arguing for an adaptive approach to medical terminology use with patients. © 2015 The Authors. Health Expectations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
    Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy 08/2015; DOI:10.1111/hex.12395
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    ABSTRACT: Whilst there has been a focus on the importance of social support for managing long-term conditions, there has been little specific focus on the characteristics of social networks that shape self-management. Policy emphasis is placed on individual responsibility for self-care, and this influences commissioning of health-care services. Assumptions are often made by policymakers about accessibility and preference for support and the influence of the social context on chronic illness management. To examine the social networks of individuals with long-term conditions and identify how the characteristics of their composition influences support needs. Thirty participants completed initial face-to-face in-depth interviews, telephone follow-ups and final face-to-face interviews in the north-west of England. A longitudinal qualitative design was used to elicit the subtle changes in relationships over a year. The findings suggest that the relationships which constitute a social network influence perceived support needs and attitudes to self-management. The amalgamation of relationships was characterized into three network typologies (family focused, friend focused or health-care professional focused) according to which types of relationships were dominant. In the absence of support, accounts highlighted a small number of substitutes who could provide support at times of critical need. This study challenges the notion of 'self'-management as an individual construct as many of the practices of illness management involved the support and/or negotiation of roles with others. By examining the nuances of relationships, this study has highlighted the tacit boundaries of practical and emotional support provision. © 2015 The Authors. Health Expectations published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
    Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy 08/2015; DOI:10.1111/hex.12394
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) at high risk for aortic valve replacement are a unique population with multiple treatment options, including medical therapy, surgical aortic valve replacement and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Traditionally, in elderly populations, goals of treatment may favour quality of life over survival. Professional guidelines recommend that clinicians engage patients in shared decision making, a process that may lead to decisions more aligned with patient-defined goals of care. Goals of care for high-risk patients with AS are not well defined in the literature, and patient-reported barriers to shared decision making highlight the need for explicit encouragement from clinicians for patient involvement. The purpose of this study was to elicit and report patient-defined goals from elderly patients facing treatment decisions for severe AS. This analysis was conducted at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, an academic medical institution. In a retrospective manner, we qualitatively analysed goal statements reported by high-risk, elderly patients with severe AS evaluated for TAVR between June 2012 and August 2014. Forty-six patients provided treatment goals during consideration of TAVR and defined preferred outcomes as maintaining independence, staying alive, reducing symptoms or, most commonly, increasing their ability to do a specific activity or hobby. In the high-risk patient population considering TAVR, patient-reported goals may be obtained with a simple question delivered during the clinical encounter. Encouraging patients to define their goals may lead to a greater degree of shared decision making, as advocated in current professional guidelines. © 2015 The Authors. Health Expectations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
    Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy 08/2015; DOI:10.1111/hex.12393
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    ABSTRACT: Mental health care has lagged behind other health-care domains in developing and applying shared decision making (SDM) for treatment decisions. This is despite compatibilities with ideals of modern mental health care such as self-management and recovery-oriented practice, and growing policy-level interest. Psychiatric medication is a mainstay of mental health treatment, but there are known problems with prescribing practices, and service users report feeling uninvolved in medication decisions and concerned about adverse effects. SDM has potential to produce better tailoring of psychiatric medication to individuals' needs. This conceptual review argues that several aspects of mental health care that differ from other health-care contexts (e.g. forms of coercion, questions about service users' insight and disempowerment) may impact on processes and possibilities for SDM. It is therefore problematic to uncritically import models of SDM developed in other health-care contexts. We argue that decision making for psychiatric medication is better understood in a broader way that moves beyond the micro-social focus of a medical consultation. Contextualizing specific medication-related consultations within longer term relationships, and broader service systems enables recognition of the multiple processes, actors and agendas that shape how psychiatric medication is prescribed, managed and used, and which may facilitate or impede SDM. A broad conceptualization of decision making for psychiatric medication that moves beyond the micro-social can account for why SDM in this domain remains a rarity. It has both conceptual and practical utility for evaluating research evidence, identifying future research priorities and highlighting fruitful ways of developing and implementing SDM in mental health care. © 2015 The Authors Health Expectations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
    Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy 08/2015; DOI:10.1111/hex.12392
  • Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy 08/2015; 18(4):451. DOI:10.1111/hex.12377
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    ABSTRACT: Over-the-counter (OTC) labels help support safe medication use by consumers. In 2012, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a consultation paper proposing OTC label standardization to improve label quality via implementation of the Medicine Information Box (MIB) label. However, consumer opinions of the MIB and standardization of OTC labelling remain unexplored. To explore consumer perspectives of OTC label standardization and the proposed MIB. Mock MIB labels were developed by the research team, guided by the TGA consultation paper, and used as interview stimulus material. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 38 Australian and 39 UK adult participants. Participant perspectives on OTC label standardization, opinions on the MIB and perceived improvements were explored. All interviews were audio-recorded with permission, transcribed verbatim, and the content thematically analysed. Participants expressed a range of opinions towards OTC label standardization, from welcoming standardization to concern that important details may be overlooked. The MIB was generally positively received due to its perceived good information design and ease of navigation. Participants requested reordering of information-specifically, for the active ingredient to be moved to a less prominent position. Suggested improvements centred on content and design changes, for example colour, pictograms, bolding. Participants felt positively towards OTC label standardization and saw the MIB as a feasible standardized format to implement for OTC labels. Although they appreciated its good information design, they felt further improvements to its content and design are required to enhance its quality and usability. © 2015 The Authors Health Expectations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
    Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy 07/2015; DOI:10.1111/hex.12389