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The purpose of this research is to determine the current state of research undertaken to provide insight into the motivational characteristics of medical travelers, as reported by scholarly publications in the last five years. As a part of the study, an exploration is undertaken of the four basic schools of psychological thought, as each have different explanations for human motivation. These four schools - psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, and cognitive or pragmatic - are examined in the light of six categories of medical travelers. The categories are those traveling for life-saving surgeries, for treatments to improve quality of life, for elective procedures, as well as those seeking diagnostic assessment, alternative (non-Western) medical treatments, or those with a primary goal of improving wellness.
Study results showed applicability of the psychodynamic, behavioral and humanistic theories to the medical traveler, and demonstrated different motivational drivers for each of the six categories of travelers. However, the conclusions are based upon the assertions of academic authors, for it was discovered a dearth of research exists examining the medical traveler's motives. Therefore, results from this study are useful primarily to guide such research in the future, with the intention of discovering whether the assertions that have been made are accurate. Areas of minimal consideration are also identified as these too carry the assumption of non-applicability which needs to be proven or disproven.
Medical tourism; Motivation (Psychology); Tourist motivation; Tourists
Business | Psychology | Tourism and Travel
Cormany, Dan B., "Motives for Different Types of Medical Travelers: An Analysis of the Current State of Academic Research on the Topic" (2013). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1814.