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Healthcare Services Consumer Behavior In The Light Of Social Norms Influence


  • Daniel Adrian, GÂRDAN

    () (Spiru Haret University)

  • Iuliana Petronela, GÂRDAN (GEANGU)

    () (Spiru Haret University)


Healthcare services consumers’ behaviour represents an multidimensional concept, that implies the cumulative effects of different factors. The process of consumption is very different and complex in the case of healthcare services due to the nature of the needs and consumption motivations on one hand and because of the complexity of the services itself on the other hand. Amongst the factors that are influencing the consumer’s behaviour, the social ones represent a particular type. In the case of healthcare services this is because the social interactions of the patients can contribute to their own perception regarding the post consumption satisfaction, or can influence the buying decision in the first place. The influence of social factors can be analysed on multiple layers – from the effect of the affiliation and adhesion groups to the effect of social norms and regulations.

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  • Daniel Adrian, GÂRDAN & Iuliana Petronela, GÂRDAN (GEANGU), 2015. "Healthcare Services Consumer Behavior In The Light Of Social Norms Influence," Annals of Spiru Haret University, Economic Series, Universitatea Spiru Haret, vol. 6(1), pages 19-24.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:sphecs:0220

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    1. Martha A. Starr, 2009. "Lifestyle conformity and lifecycle saving: a Veblenian perspective," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 33(1), pages 25-49, January.
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    social norms; affiliation groups; healthcare services; consumer behavior;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing


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