ERIC Number: ED046582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
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Extent, Type, and Pattern of Use of Medical Services in a Rural Ozark Area.
Hassinger, Edward W.; And Others
In this document, the use of medical services by families and individuals in 4 rural communities of south central Missouri is examined. The first section of the document provides a general description of medical-service usage and relates this to several socioeconomic variables. The other 2 sections consider the use of different professional types of practitioners and the more complex patterns of health-service use. Data were gathered in 951 personal interviews--which were generally with female heads of households--in a random sample survey in each of 4 communities. Some findings related to use of services were that (1) 9 out of 10 families had used a doctor during the survey year; (2) hospitalization was experienced by one-quarter of the families; and (3) the use of services in the area did not appear to differ greatly from national figures for populations of similar residential characteristics. Some findings related to use of different types of practitioners are that use of full-time specialists increased with age of family and income level and that use of osteopathic doctors was indistinguishable from use of medical doctors in terms of clientele. Yet, chiropractors did not appear to be used for selected self-diagnosed ailments. In examining the pattern of medical services, most families reported having a family doctor; however, families with and without family doctors did not differ appreciably on socioeconomic indices. (AN)
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.; Public Health Service (DHEW), Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Agricultural Experiment Station.