Existential Psychological Explanation on Chinese Violence on Physicians | Duke Kunshan University
Existential Psychological Explanation on Chinese Violence on Physicians
Dr. Qian Yang

Faculty member of Department of Public Health, Zhejiang University

Feb 22nd 2016 12:00 to 13:00
Room 1079, Academic Building
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 19:00

Summary of Talk:

The violence against doctors (VAD) by patients increased year by year, which has caused a downward spiral in China's medical ecology and became a public risk problem. Previous studies mainly focused on distrust, but few mechanism studies appeared. Studies from doctor or hospital side are plenty, but few intervention on patients. One possible explanation and invention are based on the existential psychology. Doctors are made scapegoats by patients and their family members for suffering from diseases. By holding doctors responsible for the suffering, patients and their family members are able to maintain perceived control by having an apparent explanation for the suffering. Chinese patients believe that the physician is irresponsible as a mediator of the relationship between their “lack of control” trait and the violence on doctors. When they perceive the diagnosis situations is ambiguous, they are more likely to attribute their suffering to doctors instead to themselves or to fate. Further, medical disputes are more likely to break out in departments marked by high uncertainty, for example, sudden death in cardiovascular departments, rather than a department with certainty, for example, ingravescent conditions like cancer.

Brief Biography:

Qian Yang is a faculty member of the Department of Public Health, Zhejiang University. She got her bachelor degree in Department of Health Affairs Administration, School of Public Administration, Wuhan University. She got the Master Degree of Management Psychology in Peking University. She also studied Social Psychology in Tsinghua University and University of California, Berkeley in the United States and earned a Ph.D degree. Her research interest is social psychological issues in Health Care Reform and Health Psychology