In 1991, a special health service for doctors was started in Rogaland county. Three years later this service was evaluated via a questionnaire. Two thirds of 109 doctors were very satisfied, and only one was dissatisfied with this health service. The results show a need for both psychosocial and somatic health examinations for doctors.
Comment In: Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1996 Feb 10;116(4):533; author reply 5348644059
Comment In: Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1996 Feb 10;116(4):533; author reply 5348644060
Comment In: Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1996 Mar 10;116(7):8938644105
In order to investigate the need for a health service for doctors a questionnaire was mailed to all doctors in Rogaland county. 84% of the respondents were in favour of such a service. It is necessary not only to provide a general medical examination but to focus also on work-related and psychosocial factors.
Information from a survey conducted in 1984 among the adult population in a suburban area in Stavanger was applied in the planning of a new health centre. Five years later a similar survey was conducted to evaluate the innovations in primary care. Greater satisfaction was noted in regard to accessibility of the doctors. Compared with the general population, regular users of the new health centre were more satisfied with such aspects of service as accessibility by telephone, waiting time and opening hours. There was, a decline, however, in doctor-patient continuity. In general, satisfaction with primary care increased with age. There was no difference in satisfaction between males and females.
Health education does not always lead to a change in behavior. This may be because traditional health education often focuses on disease instead of on positive values. Therefore, the new term refreshment is now being used to describe health-promoting activities. Creative medicine refers to all positive renewal which improves people's health.