A comparative analysis on the approaches of patients about stem cell treatments in turkey
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Ankara university faculty of communication professor ankara university faculty of communication cebeci ankara turkey
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A54
Regenerative and restorative innovations in medicine is one of the contested area for the patients and their relatives in terms of both by offering new treatments and also by carrying some ambiguities through their implementation process. Among these innovations, stem cell treatments are on the front line that patients approach towards it with the curiosity, hope and expectations. In order to measure approaches of patients with diverse demographical features in Turkey, we’re conducting nationwide Project entitled as “The Socio Cultural, Economic, Ethical and Law Effects of Regenerative and Restorative Medical Technologies in Turkey” since 2021 with the support of The Scientific Research and Technological Research Council of Turkey. This projects is aiming at a comparative analysis on the differences and similarities of the approaches between the patients with high socio-economical status and the patients with relatively low socio-economical status. In order to obtain diverse approaches, a vast survey is implemented to the patients in Ankara, İstanbul, İzmir and Erzurum which are the four main metropol cities that represents socio- cultural diversity in Turkey. Survey is answered by the 750 patients both in the University hospitals and private hospitals. Ankara University, Ege University and Istanbul University hospitals are representing public hospitals by offering costless health care services in the sample, while two private hospitals are representing paid health care services in Turkey. Preliminary remarks of the survey are displaying that although there are some differences between patients about their general attitudes towards health issues in their life, the approaches of the patients are more similar in terms of supporting innovative medical Technologies and treatments according to their socio-economic status. This Project is also giving some clues on the expectations of the patients with diverse socio-economical and cultural status from the governments about bearing the costs of stem cell treatments in Turkey.
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