Despite growth in the use of ophthalmologic care in the last decade, little is known about the use of eye care services and patterns of physician contact across population subgroups.
As the U.S. population grows older, such information is crucial in planning strategies for treatment and prevention of eye disorders as well as in identifying potential problems in access and use of eye care.
Using the 1990 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data, a descriptive statistical analysis was employed to profile the possible variations in eye care-related office visits to ophthalmologists and other physicians across demographic groups.
Those who visited ophthalmologists'offices also differed from those who visited other physicians'offices in terms of their age, sex, race, health insurance status, and disease characteristics.
It is important to devote increased attention to the prevention of vision loss among the population groups that have a higher risk of developing eye diseases and that also may have underused or have less access to care.
Results from this analysis, in combination with data on the prevalence of ocular disorders for different population groups, provide useful information to identify these high-risk groups.
Mots-clés Pascal : Ambulatoire, Soin, Utilisation, Accessibilité, Oeil pathologie, Homme, Démographie, Médecin généraliste, Spécialité médicale, Ophtalmologie, Etats Unis, Consultation, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Ambulatory, Care, Use, Accessibility, Eye disease, Human, Demography, General practitioner, Medical specialty, Ophthalmology, United States, Consultation, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0482069
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 01/03/1996.