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dc.contributor.authorPinho, Micaela-
dc.contributor.authorBorges, Ana Pinto-
dc.contributor.authorZahariev, Boyan-
dc.identifier.citationPinho, M., Borges, A.P. & Zahariev, B. (2017). Bedsides healthcare rationing dilemmas: A survey from Bulgaria and comparison with Portugal. Soc Theory Health, (online 06 March 2017). doi:10.1057/s41285-017-0029-2pt_PT
dc.description.abstractWe investigate the views of Bulgarian citizens on the principles that should guide microallocation healthcare resources and compare them directly with those of Portuguese citizens. A self-administered online questionnaire was used to collect data from a sample of 298 Bulgarian citizens, using methods from a matching previous study in Portugal. Respondents faced a hypothetical rationing exercise where they had to choose and order four patients (differentiated by personal and health characteristics) and a set of statements that embodied: (i) distributive criteria for prioritizing patients, (ii) who should prioritize patients, and (iii) the likelihood of these prioritization decisions being real. Descriptive statistics, factor analysis, and non-parametric test were used. Findings suggest that Bulgarian respondents: (i) support a plurality of distributive principles to underpin healthcare priority setting with an incident on the severity of health conditions, on utilitarianism and on reducing health inequalities; (ii) trust in the health professional to make prioritization decisions and (iii) do not seem to believe that patients' prioritization will ever become real. While Bulgarian and Portuguese respondents support a number of shared ethical principles they place a different level of importance to each. Bulgarians value mainly the age criterion in prioritizing patients, whereas Portuguese revealed a greater concern about efficiency.pt_PT
dc.subjectHealthcare rationingpt_PT
dc.subjectPatient selectionpt_PT
dc.subjectEthical valuespt_PT
dc.titleBedsides healthcare rationing dilemmas: A survey from Bulgaria and comparison with Portugalpt_PT
degois.publication.titleSocial Theory & Healthpt_PT
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