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Medical Tourism in Iran: attitude and challenges

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Author(s): Nazanin Zia Sheikholeslami | Mariam Bahsoun | Siavash Zia Sheikholeslami

Journal: Electronic Physician
ISSN 2008-5842

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 511;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Attitude | knowledge | Health Tourism | Medical staff | Qom

ABSTRACT
Introduction: Medical Tourism is one of the most important branches of Tourism with many socioeconomicbenefits. Medical Tourism refers to traveling to other countries to obtain medical services with lower costscomparing to their own countries. As health tourism is a new subject in Iran, we decided to study the attitude andknowledge of Qom Medical University staff about Health Tourism.Methods: This descriptive study was done on 250 Medical staff of Beheshti Hospital of Qom Medical University bycompleting questionnaires, which were divided into 3 parts (demographic information, knowledge and attitude ofparticipants). All of the information was analyzed by SPSS software.Results: Only 12.8% of participants have studied articles about HealthTourism. The majority (59.2%) believed thatHealth Tourism development in Iran hasn’t any bad social consequence and 47%believed that Health Tourismdevelopment in Iran can improve the knowledge of Iranian medical doctors. The majority (56.6%) of participantsagreed to the incoming of Health Tourists to Iran and the majority of them (83.6%) believed that development ofHealth Tourism can improve the treatment of Iranian patients.Conclusion: The knowledge of participants is very low and so much more educational efforts should be done by theresponsible ministries but it seems medical staff’s attitude about health Tourism is very good and they cancontribute effectively in this field.
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