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Time since immigration and health services utilization of Korean-American older adults living in Los Angeles County

TitleTime since immigration and health services utilization of Korean-American older adults living in Los Angeles County
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsSohn, L, Harada, ND
JournalJ Am Geriatr SocJ Am Geriatr Soc
Date PublishedNov
ISBN Number0002-8614 (Print)<br/>0002-8614 (Linking)
Accession Number15507077
KeywordsAged, Emigration and Immigration, Female, Health Services for the Aged/ utilization, Health Services Needs and Demand, Health Status, Humans, Korea/ethnology, Linear Models, Los Angeles, Male, Questionnaires, Time Factors
AbstractThe aim of this study was to characterize ambulatory healthcare utilization of older Korean Americans and its association with length of time since immigration. It was hypothesized that older Korean Americans who were recent immigrants would use outpatient physician visits less often than early immigrants. The data are from the 2000 Korean-American Health Survey, which assessed the health status and medical needs of Korean Americans living in Los Angeles County. The dependent variable was the number of visits to a physician for check-up or consultation. Multivariate regression modeling was used to assess the influence of length of time since immigration on the dependent variable controlling for predisposing, enabling, and need variables for a sample of 208 Koreans Americans aged 65 and older. Results indicated that high school education in Korea and health insurance status were significant predictors of number of visits to a physician during the previous year (P<.05 the="" main="" variable="" of="" interest="" number="" years="" living="" in="" united="" states="" approached="" significance="" at="" p=".09." it="" was="" concluded="" that="" enabling="" variables="" such="" as="" education="" and="" health="" insurance="" significantly="" influenced="" use="" healthcare="" services="" older="" korean-american="" population.="" lack="" studies="" regarding="" minority="" populations="" their="" access="" to="" further="" highlight="" theneed="" not="" only="" characterize="" these="" often-vulnerable="" but="" also="" generate="" for="" studies.="">
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