Fear of Physician (FOP)

Author of Tool: 

Richmond, V. P., Smith, R. S., Heisel, A. M., & McCroskey, J. C.

Key references: 

Richmond, V. P., Smith, R. S., Heisel, A. M., & McCroskey, J. C. (1998). The impact of communication apprehension and fear of talking with a physician and perceived medical outcomes. Communication Research Reports, 15, 344-353.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Measures individuals' feelings towards communicating with physicians.

Background: 

Many people are fearful and/or anxious about communicating with their physician. It is believed that this fear/anxiety is in some part a function of the way the physician communicates with the patient. This Fear of Physician (FOP) instrument was developed to measure that feeling. The FOP is an extension of the 5-item state anxiety measure developed by Spielberger (1966).

Psychometrics: 

Alpha reliability estimates for this instruments should be expected to be near .90.

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