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Investigating the association between gender and patient experiences in those with suspected ADHD

Larkin, Lauryn (2023) Investigating the association between gender and patient experiences in those with suspected ADHD. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aim: The study aimed to expand on the limited literature available to determine whether there are differences in experience with healthcare workers (general experience and communication) upon discussion of possible ADHD symptoms depending on an individual’s gender. The hypothesis presented were that differences would be present within general experiences as well as communication style of healthcare practitioners towards individuals within particular gender groups, as well as differences in perceived treatment. Method: Participants were recruited through social media using a non-randomized purposive sampling technique (N= 119) and completed an online survey containing a demographic questions, the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale, the General Short Patient Experiences Questionnaire as well as the Heath Care Communication Questionnaire. Results: Results of both the independent samples t-test and Mann Whitney-U test indicated that there was no significant difference for scores in both general experiences and healthcare communication between male and female participants. Results from the incorrect treatment variable found a small positive correlation. Conclusion: While results found that differences between male and female participants was non-significant for both general experience and communication, differences were found within male and female participants and whether they perceived their treatment to be incorrect. Further research within this area may lead to more beneficial results upon studying healthcare practitioners biases directly.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Nolan, Conor
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender; ADHD; healthcare; patient experiences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > Diseases > Disabilities > Developmental disabilities
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Gender
R Medicine > Healthcare Industry
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 12:33
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 12:33

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