To describe adolescents'utilization of ambulatory health services and its association with sociodemographic and health status characteristics.
Adolescents (N=199) were selected from a larger group of urban middle and high school students who had previously participated in a health risk survey.
Subjects were surveyed about their health status and use of ambulatory medical services.
Subjects'parents/guardians were also surveyed about sociodemographic information.
Bivariate and multivariate analyses using Chisquare statistics and logistic regression techniques assessed the contribution of hypothesized variables to use of routine medical, illness-related medical, and dental services.
Most adolescents reported having seen a physician (70%) or a dentist (79%) within the past year.
Subjects reported using a wide variety of practitioners and settings, with family/general practitioners (29%), and the private office setting (23%) most commonly reported.
Subjects having a regular source of care and those perceiving their health as « excellent » or « very good » were 2.4 and 3.4 times more likely to have used routine medical services than those without a regular source of care and those reporting their health as « fair » or « poor. » In contrast, the strongest predictors of having received illness-related care in the past year were the presence of a current medical problem and an age by gender interaction factor.
Those reporting a current medical...
Mots-clés Pascal : Prévention, Service santé, Soin santé primaire, Ambulatoire, Utilisation, Comportement, Statut socioéconomique, Etat sanitaire, Besoin, Milieu urbain, Adolescent, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Prevention, Health service, Primary health care, Ambulatory, Use, Behavior, Socioeconomic status, Health status, Need, Urban environment, Adolescent, Human
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Cote : 96-0207788
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 199608.