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Consumers’ Consciousness of Health-Friendly Products and Services and Its Association with Sociodemographic Characteristics and Health Status

Version 1 : Received: 6 May 2019 / Approved: 7 May 2019 / Online: 7 May 2019 (11:14:55 CEST)

How to cite: Yun, Y.H.; Sim, J.; Kim, Y.; Lee, S. Consumers’ Consciousness of Health-Friendly Products and Services and Its Association with Sociodemographic Characteristics and Health Status. Preprints 2019, 2019050075 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201905.0075.v1). Yun, Y.H.; Sim, J.; Kim, Y.; Lee, S. Consumers’ Consciousness of Health-Friendly Products and Services and Its Association with Sociodemographic Characteristics and Health Status. Preprints 2019, 2019050075 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201905.0075.v1).

Abstract

Although health policy resides mainly with the government, industry can play an important role in building a health ecosystem. From March to May, we administered questionnaires to 1,200 individuals from the general Korean population asking about their perception of health-friendly labels, and if they would purchase such labeled products (foods, pharmaceuticals, etc.) and services (purifying water, preventing air pollution, etc.) at extra cost. The participants placed a high value on the importance of mental, social, spiritual, and physical health factors in terms of company’s products and services with a score of about 8 out of 10 (range, 7.74-8.33). Most respondents (72.4%) said they were interested in adopting health-friendly labels. When a health-friendly label is introduced (such as one by the Business for Social Responsiveness), 65.1% of the respondents said they intended to purchase the product or service, while 6.8% said they did not, and 75.0% said they were willing to pay extra for the health-friendly product or service. Multivariate logistic regression models showed urban residence, high education level, and good social health to be significantly associated with positive attitudes toward health-friendly labels. People with high income, no religion, or normal weight were more likely to say they intend to purchase products and services with health-friendly labels. They also had a more positive attitude toward paying more for such products and services, as did people with good spiritual health. This study provides data that illustrate the importance of health-friendly products and services to the general population and companies.

Subject Areas

Consumers' consciousness for health; companies’ health-friendly activities; health-friendly products and services; health status

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