The role of trust and religious commitment in Islamic medical tourism

Iranmanesh, Mohammad and Moghavvemi, Sedigheh and Zailani, Suhaiza and Hyun, Sunghyup Sean (2018) The role of trust and religious commitment in Islamic medical tourism. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 23 (3). pp. 245-259. ISSN 1094-1665, DOI

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This study has examined the effect of trust and religiosity on Islamic medical tourists’ attitudes, and consequently, satisfaction by considering age, gender, and education as moderators. A survey was undertaken of 227 Muslim medical tourists who had been treated in Islamic hospitals in Iran, and the data were analysed using partial least squares techniques. The results showed that although trust has a significant effect on Muslim medical tourists’ attitudes, religiosity has no significant effect. The relationship between attitude and satisfaction towards the Islamic medical treatment practised by the healthcare providers is also supported. Gender and education moderate the relationship between religiosity and attitude. In addition, education moderates the relationship between trust and attitude. The results of this research can provide useful insight into the needs of Muslim medical tourists, which would be useful for Islamic hospitals to provide higher quality healthcare services.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya under the Equitable Society Research Cluster (ESRC) research grant RP002B-13SBS
Uncontrolled Keywords: Healthcare; Islamic medical tourism; trust; religious commitment; satisfaction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 02:19
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 02:19

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