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Choosing a Healthcare Provider: Gay Men’s Narratives

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dc.contributor.advisor Kreps, Gary L.
dc.contributor.author Eilola, Ro
dc.creator Eilola, Robert Andrew
dc.date 2015-01-16
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-30T21:59:08Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-30T21:59:08Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01-30
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9130
dc.description.abstract A body of health research indicates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community has a lower life expectancy due to health disparities and obstacles unique to the LGBT experience. Health communication research has shown that patients’ relationships with their primary care physicians can have strong influences on their health outcomes. This study seeks to answer the research question, “How does a gay/bisexual man’s relationship with his doctor influence his level of personal disclosure with his physician regarding health?” Through a survey of men who self-identify as gay or bisexual, links to the online survey were distributed by a snowball sampling through LGBT groups on Facebook and prominent LGBT organizations and activists on Twitter. Respondents completed a survey examining their demographic characteristics, their relationships with their primary care physician, and the health issues they have disclosed to their healthcare providers. A mixed method research design was used to address the research question, which asks whether or not a gay man’s choice of primary care physician plays an important role in the information he is willing to disclose about his health to that same person.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject gay men en_US
dc.subject health disparities en_US
dc.subject coming out en_US
dc.subject primary care physician en_US
dc.title Choosing a Healthcare Provider: Gay Men’s Narratives en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Communication en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Communication en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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