J Korean Soc Med Inform.  2007 Dec;13(4):335-347.

Survey on the Consumers' Attitudes towards Health Information Privacy

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing Seoul National University, Korea. ccocco7@snu.ac.kr
  • 2Research Institute of Nursing Science Seoul National University, Korea.
  • 3College of Medicine Seoul National University, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVE
The purposes of this research are to survey the consumers' opinions about the health information privacy, to understand the consumers' privacy.protective behaviors out of the concern about the privacy breaches, to know the consumers' recognition about the constitution of the health information privacy law, to know the consumers' willingness to share their personal medical information.
METHODS
The questionnaire was developed and conducted by the California HealthCare Foundation on "National Consumer Health Privacy Survey" was translated into Korean and reviewed by the authors to conform to the Korean situation. We collected data from 335 on.line survey responses.
RESULTS
Consumers concerned about the privacy of their personal health information. Consumers are unfamiliar with health information privacy law. Consumers think that the paper medical records are more secure than electronic medical records. Not so many Korean consumers practice the privacy.protective behaviors even though they worry about the misuse of the health information. However, consumers will share their personal medical information with limited others such as family members and physicians involved in their care.
CONCLUSIONS
Most of the consumers answered that the information could be shared when necessary, however, the ownership and the right to decide the disclosure should belong to patient, and patient should be allowed to access their own information with certain degree of regulation.

Keyword

Consumer Health Information; Attitude; Privacy

MeSH Terms

California
Constitution and Bylaws
Consumer Health Information
Delivery of Health Care
Disclosure
Electronic Health Records
Humans
Jurisprudence
Medical Records
Ownership
Privacy*
Surveys and Questionnaires
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