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Perceived barriers to health care and health behaviours: implications for Native American elders' self-rated health

TitlePerceived barriers to health care and health behaviours: implications for Native American elders' self-rated health
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsRuthig, JC, Hanson, BL, Ludtke, RL, McDonald, LR
JournalPsychol Health MedPsychol Health Med
Volume14
Pagination190-200
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number1465-3966 (Electronic)<br/>1354-8506 (Linking)
Accession Number19235078
KeywordsAged, Female, Health Behavior/ ethnology, Health Services Accessibility, Health Status, Humans, Indians, North American, Interviews as Topic, Male, Middle Aged, Needs Assessment, North Dakota, Social Class
AbstractLittle is known about how Native American adults appraise their health in later life. Perceived barriers to health care and health behaviours were examined among 6813 Native elders to determine their unique associations with self-rated health (SRH). Hierarchical regression results showed inability to access needed medical care predicted poorer SRH. Statistically accounting for sociodemographics and barriers to care, health behaviours predicted SRH. The current findings suggest opportunities to improve Native elders' SRH particularly via exercise and good nutrition. In turn, enhanced SRH may lead to improved quality of life.
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