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Perceived Discrimination and Adherence to Medical Care in a Racially Integrated Community

Casagrande, Sarah Stark and Gary, Tiffany L. and LaVeist, Thomas A. and Gaskin, Darrell J. and Cooper, Lisa A. (2007) Perceived Discrimination and Adherence to Medical Care in a Racially Integrated Community. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 22 (3). pp. 389-395. ISSN 0884-8734

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Background Past research indicates that access to health care and utilization of services varies by sociodemographic characteristics, but little is known about racial differences in health care utilization within racially integrated communities. Objective To determine whether perceived discrimination was associated with delays in seeking medical care and adherence to medical care recommendations among African Americans and whites living in a socioeconomically homogenous and racially integrated community. Design A cross-sectional analysis from the Exploring Health Disparities in Integrated Communities Study. Participants Study participants include 1,408 African-American (59.3%) and white (40.7%) adults (≥18 years) in Baltimore, Md. Measurements An interviewer-administered questionnaire was used to assess the associations of perceived discrimination with help-seeking behavior for and adherence to medical care. Results For both African Americans and whites, a report of 1–2 and >2 discrimination experiences in one’s lifetime were associated with more medical care delays and nonadherence compared to those with no experiences after adjustment for need, enabling, and predisposing factors (odds ratio [OR]=1.8, 2.6; OR=2.2, 3.3, respectively; all P<.05). Results were similar for perceived discrimination occurring in the past year. Conclusions Experiences with discrimination were associated with delays in seeking medical care and poor adherence to medical care recommendations INDEPENDENT OF NEED, ENABLING, AND PREDISPOSING FACTORS, INCLUDING MEDICAL MISTRUST; however, a prospective study is needed. Further research in this area should include exploration of other potential mechanisms for the association between perceived discrimination and health service utilization.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: discrimination, health care utilization, health disparities, adherence
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare
Health > Disparities
Research > studies
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Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2011 13:16
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2011 13:16
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2555

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