Combatting Medical Plastic Waste through Visual Elicitation: Insights from Healthcare Professionals

Linping Xu, Yan Kong, Mingxue Wei, Yichuan Wang, Minhao Zhang, Benny Tjahjono

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Abstract

In spite of the focus on improving treatment methods and determining the economic and environmental impacts of medical waste management, little research has been conducted to understand consumer perceptions of medical waste reduction. In healthcare setting, our research seeks to address this urgent need by investigating how visual cues can be used to elicit healthcare professionals’ willingness to reduce medical plastics. By employing the vignette-based experimental method, we collected data from 1,139 healthcare professionals to examine how visual characteristics (i.e., visual clutter, colorfulness, the presence of human face, the presence of animal) in images of medical plastic pollution were used to arouse moral shock and emotional energy in healthcare professionals. The results of our study suggest that visual displays should be cluttered, colorful, and characterized by human presence. By displaying these visuals in an image of anti-plastic pollution, healthcare professionals are most likely to express their sadness, rage, and despair, and enhance their intention to refuse medical plastics to the fullest extent. By contrast to the previous study, we found that healthcare professionals’ moral shock and willingness to refuse medical plastics were not significantly impacted by the presence of animals on the images.
Original languageEnglish
Article number129650
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume329
Early online date9 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Cleaner Production. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Cleaner Production, 329, (2021) DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.129650

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Funding Information:
We thank the 2016 Department of Education of Guangdong Province Key Discipline ?Public Administration research project? for financing this project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021

Funder

Funding Information: We thank the 2016 Department of Education of Guangdong Province Key Discipline ?Public Administration research project? for financing this project.

Keywords

  • Experimental design
  • Healthcare
  • Medical plastic waste
  • Moral shock
  • Visual elicitation
  • General Environmental Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Strategy and Management
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Strategy and Management

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