Health status and health professional visits in a rural area

James E. Rohrer, Thomas Vaughn, Astrid Knott, Jorg Westermann

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Abstract

Visits to physicians (MDs), physician assistants (PAs) or nurse practitioners (NPs) by residents of a rural county in the upper-middle west of the United States were analysed in this study. A telephone survey yielded 250 responses. The dependent variable was the natural logarithm of the number of times the respondent had seen a health professional (MD, PA or NP) in the past two years. Predisposing, enabling and medical need variables were tested as potential predictors of visits. Self-rated health status, being unable to perform usual activities, and feeling upset or 'down in the dumps' proved to be important predictors, as was having a usual source of care. Health insurance coverage and family income was not, however. Unexpectedly, smokers also reported more visits. The implications for policy and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Services Management Research
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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