Few population-based studies of consumers' perceptions of health care quality have included both rural residents and Hispanics. Using data collected through a random-digit telephone survey of households in the Permian Basin region of west Texas, an area with a relatively high percentage of Mexican Americans, we tested for rural/urban and ethnic differences in satisfaction with medical care. The study had several limitations, but the findings suggest that rural residents of this region rate the quality of their medical care overall more negatively than do their urban counterparts. No ethnic differences were found when controlling for demographic, social, economic, and health-status characteristics. Other factors, including part-time employment, a lack of continuous health insurance coverage, and poor health status appear to have a stronger, negative relationship with satisfaction. The collection and reporting of more specific measures of interpersonal and technical quality would further enable policy-makers, managers, and clinicians to better serve their patient populations.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Rural Health
|Published - 2002
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health