Health consumers awareness of, and attitudes about, defensive practice
Associate Professor Nola Ries from UTS’ Law I Health I Justice Research Centre is leading a research project to investigate defensive medical practice as a driver of low value healthcare.
Defensive practice is when doctors provide tests, treatments and referrals to reduce their perceived legal risks. These risks include lawsuits and complaints.
Existing research in Australia and overseas suggests that defensive medical practice is common and drives low value care (care that has no benefit or where the harms or costs of care disproportionately exceed potential benefits). Yet little research investigates the underlying reasons for this behaviour and the role of healthcare consumers in strategies to reduce defensive practice. These are the gaps this research project is investigating.
Nola would like to interview health consumer representatives, especially people with interests or experience in matters related to low value care and improving communication and decision-making in the clinician-consumer relationship.
The interview will seek your views and experiences on topics that include: consumer awareness of defensive practice; impact of defensive practice on the clinician-consumer relationship; health consumer attitudes and expectations; and consumer involvement in solutions to defensive practice.
The interview will take no more than one hour and will be conducted by telephone or online (eg, Skype, Zoom). Sydney-based participants have the option of a face-to-face interview. Permission will be sought to audio-record the interview. All data will be stored securely at the University of Technology Sydney. Interviewee confidentiality will be protected at all times and names and other personal identifiers will not be linked to data that are reported in publications or presentations.
If you are interested in being interviewed for this research project, please contact Associate Professor Nola Ries by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (02) 9514 3156.
The project is funded by the Avant Foundation Grants Program and is a collaboration with researchers at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine & Health and Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine.