Such studies do emphasize the implicit need for getting a public opinion on the Health care services.
Scholars like Gilhooly, Murray and Berkely (1991) have suggested how negative perceptions were present within the public suggesting that individuals themselves may be less likely to accept such care if offered. Their findings were uncovered during exploratory interviews and suggest that lack of public awareness, and awareness within the medical profession, may reduce the likelihood of patients accessing these services.
The survey research was inspired by several research works in Glasgow and adjoining areas. The report of the findings of the first national survey in Scotland on public knowledge and understanding of palliative care in 2003 revealed certain interesting results such as the relation between income and choice of health services, importance of advice and support for patients etc.
The surveyed participants are local natives of Glasgow. To get an accurate opinion on the issues that are related to the NHS the surveyed population will consist of respondents spreading over the age range of 20-50 years. The respondents would consist of an equal number or men and women so that the results are not gender biased. A gender biased research data is of little use in the formulation of policies or new interventions in health research. The research study also looked into several other parameters that impinge on the study. These include the economic status and occupation of the respondent. The status and occupation is likely to enable the formation of different opinion amongst the citizens in Glasgow.
The survey was conducted with a questionnaire that contained only close ended questions. The respondents were selected on the basis of convenience sampling. The questionnaire is provided in the appendix. The results obtained from the survey are detailed here sequentially:
c.1. The respondents were equal number of men and women. Out of a sample size of 400 respondents, there were 199 men and 201 women.
c.2. the Age varied between 20-25 years as follows:
10 percent respondents . 20-22 yrs old
10 percent respondents . 23-25 yrs old
10 percent respondents . 26-28 yrs old
10 percent respondents . 29-31 yrs old
10 percent respondents . 32-34 yrs old
10 percent respondents . 35-37 yrs old
10 percent respondents . 38-40 yrs old
10 percent respondents . 41-43 yrs old
10 percent respondents . 44-46 yrs old
10 percent respondents . 47-50 yrs old
c.3. About 50 percent of the respondents were students while the remaining 50 percent were the members