The role of competing priorities as a barrier to the utilization of physical health services was assessed in a subset (n=363) of a probability sample of homeless adults in Los Angeles.
Unadjusted odds of four measures of health services utilization were calculated for those with frequent difficulty in meeting their subsistence needs.
These odds were then adjusted for a range of characteristics assumed to affect the utilization of health services among the homeless.
Before and after adjustment, those with frequent subsistence difficulty were less likely to have a regular source of care (odds ratio [OR]=0.30,95% confidence interval [CI]=0.16,0.53) and more likely to have gone without needed medical care (OR=1.77,95% Cl=1.04. 3.00).
Subsistence difficulty had no impact on the likelihood of having an outpatient visit or having been hospitalized.
Frequent subsistence difficulty appears to be an important nonfinancial barrier to the utilization of health services perceived as discretionary among homeless adults.
Mots-clés Pascal : Utilisation, Service santé, Sans domicile fixe, Homme, Priorité, Besoin, Californie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Use, Health service, Homeless, Human, Priority, Need, California, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0363039
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 12/09/1997.