Specialty care use in us patients with chronic diseases

Jessica D. Bellinger, Rahnuma M. Hassan, Patrick A. Rivers, Qiang Cheng, Edith Williams, Saundra H. Glover

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Abstract

Despite efforts to eliminate health disparities, racial, ethnic, and geographic groups continue lag behind their counterparts in health outcomes in the United States. The purpose of this study is to determine variation in specialty care utilization by chronic disease status. Data were extracted from the Commonwealth Fund 2006 Health Care Quality Survey (n = 2475). A stratified minority sample design was employed to ensure a representative sample. Logistic regression was used in analyses to predict specialty care utilization in the sample. Poor perceived health, minority status, and lack of insurance was associated with reduced specialty care use and chronic disease diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-990
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Chronic disease
  • Health disparities
  • Specialty care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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