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Table 2 Factors motivating the acceptance of IFN therapy

From: Analysis of the factors motivating HCV-infected patients to accept interferon therapy

  Question items Multiple answers Only answer Only answer
   n % n % n %
Recommendation and encouragement from other people Recommendation from a primary care doctor 62 65.96% 18 19.15% 49 52.13%
Recommendation from a hepatologist 71 75.53% 18 19.15%   
With family’s encouragement 40 42.55% 8 8.51%   
With the encouragemant of friends and acquaintances 15 15.96% 4 4.26%   
With encouragement from a government office and healthcare center 2 2.13% 0 0.00%   
With encouragement from a patient advocacy group for liver disease 1 1.06% 1 1.06%   
Independent decision Overcoming an illness by patient’s own determination 79 84.04% 20 21.28% 29 30.85%
Hope of longevity for the pateint and his family 66 70.21% 9 9.57%   
Economic reasons Reducing hepatitis virus-infected patient’s cost of medical care in the Japanese medical system from the beginning of 2008. 51 54.26% 4 4.26% 5 5.32%
Coping with lower income before the official retirement age 1 1.06% 1 1.06%   
Outcome of same diseases from the people nearest Awareness of people such as family and friends who have recovered from illness 9 9.57% 2 2.13% 5 5.32%
Awareness of death in the family and friends having the same liver diseases 12 12.77% 3 3.19%   
Increased leisure time Devotion of certain amounts of time to the treatment of liver disease by reason of retirement and corporate downsizing 12 12.77% 2 2.13% 3 3.19%
Devotion of certain amounts of time to the treatment of liver disease free of elders who need care and student taking an entrance exam 25 26.60% 0 0.00%   
Coordination of work schedules to receive the treatment 34 36.17% 1 1.06%   
Gathering medical information Participation in seminar for liver disease with patients 21 22.34% 0 0.00% 1 1.06%
Reading a newspaper, book or pamphlet 41 43.62% 0 0.00%   
Watching a TV program 28 29.79% 1 1.06%   
Gather information from the internet 21 22.34% 0 0.00%   
Watching TV reports of lawsuits of hepatitis 23 24.47% 0 0.00%   
Recovering from an extrahepatic disease Concentratation on the treatment of liver diseases after recovering from an extrahepatic disease 7 7.45% 1 1.06% 1 1.06%
The others Dislike receiving injections for liver supporting therapy thrice weekly for many months 4 4.26% 1 1.06% 1 1.06%