Date Approved

11-14-2011

Date Posted

1-9-2012

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Technology Studies

Committee Member

Dr. Subhas Ghosh, Phd, Chair.

Committee Member

Dr. Robert Teehan

Committee Member

Dr. Alphonso Bellamy

Abstract

This research explores the perceptions of medical professionals towards sustainability orientation and acceptability of eco-friendly medical scrubs. This study examines the correlation between sustainability orientation and scrub properties as a means of finding the perceptions of medical professionals on the mentioned topic. Also, gender, department of medical professional, their age and work experience, and the price of the eco-friendly scrubs were considered as factors affecting the correlation. This study included surveying the medical professionals who used scrubs as uniforms, by distributing questionnaires and analyzing responses using SPSS. Results showed that as sustainability orientation increases, medical professionals give less importance to properties of scrubs. Gender and department of hospital they work in affects the correlation. Professionals with greater age and work experience are more sustainably oriented with greater acceptability of eco-friendly scrubs. And the majority of the medical professionals who participated in the study agreed to pay a higher price for the eco-friendly medical scrubs.

Comments

Additional committee member: Prof. John Boyless, Director, College of Techonology

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