Awareness of health and welfare planning for elderly and methods to increase awareness: based on social marketing

M. Tamura, C. Katayama, M. Abe, Y. Abe, S. Koide, T. Shibayama, S. Takahashi, A. Taguchi, A. Takemoto, N. Toyama, A. Nagata, Y. Fujiki, M. Matsuura, T. Maruyama

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Abstract

To clarify the socio-psychological factors affecting awareness of health and welfare planning for the elderly, a survey of community residents was performed in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The results obtained were as follows: 1. There were three factors which affected awareness concern about health and welfare services for the elderly as a social issue: concern about the local community; and concern about the local government. 2. Two other factors which did not affect the level of awareness were: anxiety about the health and welfare services for the elderly as a personal issue; and having personal experience of nursing care. From these results, a method to increase awareness was studied based on social marketing methods. Two primary target groups for increasing awareness were identified. One target was people who have the socio-psychological factors described above. Another target was people who have the potential need for health and welfare services but who were not aware of it. That is, they have relatively high anxiety about health and welfare services for the elderly as a personal issue and have personally experienced nursing care. The method of approach for these targets were studied. For the first group, the amount of the information available seemed to be important because these persons are ready to recognize the need for planning. Therefore, efficient information channels should be selected. For the second group, approaches that generate greater consumer participation by presenting this as an efficient method for solution of the problem should be adopted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-964
Number of pages11
Journal[Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health
Volume43
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Nov
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Tamura, M., Katayama, C., Abe, M., Abe, Y., Koide, S., Shibayama, T., Takahashi, S., Taguchi, A., Takemoto, A., Toyama, N., Nagata, A., Fujiki, Y., Matsuura, M., & Maruyama, T. (1996). Awareness of health and welfare planning for elderly and methods to increase awareness: based on social marketing. [Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health, 43(11), 954-964.