TITLE

THE IMPACT OF INCOME, PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND HOMELESSNESS ON SEEKING MEDICAL CARE

AUTHOR(S)
Hill, Mandy; Granado, Misha; Opusunju, Jasmine; Peters, Ronald; Ross, Michael
PUB. DATE
September 2011
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2011, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p174
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Objective: To assess gender differences and determine whether economic determinants are correlated to delayed medical care among this population. Methods: A survey was administered to 215 Houston residents recruited from clinics and club/bars locally in 2005. Descriptive statistics and a logistic regression were utilized. Results: Participants with a history of homelessness (OR=2.21), particularly women (OR=3.03), men with income (OR=.09), and men with public assistance (OR=16.33) were more likely to delay medical care. Discussion: Gender differences between economic determinants and willingness to sustain physical health exists. Future interventions should aim to improve medical care access in spite of economic pitfalls.
ACCESSION #
67310840

 

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