The Social and Institutional Context of Decision-Making in the Case of Sickness
For analyzing healthcare decision-making a new survey is constructed to collect data on the basis of 2,000 face-to-face interviews in Germany that will provide a unique data source covering the healthcare needs and the way these needs are managed. At the conference, we will provide first results from the survey. We will analyze people’s decision making when having a medical condition with a particular emphasis on the interpretation of symptoms and the utilization of healthcare, and generate information about the extent and variety of self-care strategies. Our paper covers how social networks and institutional features of the healthcare system influence the decision making of healthcare seeking.