This study explored the relationship between patients' Health Locus of Control and their perceptions about the nature of their physician-patient relationship. The Locus of Control Scale and the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scale were implemented to measure the degree of personal control individuals attribute to their health. The Health Care Climate Questionnaire was used to measure the perceived physician support. The predicted result of the study was that patients who exhibit a higher degree of internal health locus of control would report better relationships with their physicians. This hypothesis was confirmed; there was a positive relationship between Internal health Locus of Control and the Health Care Climate questionnaire. Also, a significant relationship between the Powerful Others subscale of the health Locus of Control and perceived physician support was established.
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Ricci Twitchell, Maria F., "Exploring the relationship between patients' health locus of control and perception of physician's support" (2008). HIM 1990-2015. 752.