ERIC Number: ED157657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Health Care Needs of a Hispanic Population in Dane, Dodge, and Jefferson Counties.
Slesinger, Doris P.; And Others
In the summer of 1976, 133 permanent residents in the Hispano community in Wisconsin's Dane, Dodge and Jefferson counties were interviewed to determine their perceptions of their own and their families' health needs and of their unmet health needs. Respondents were primarily women since it was felt they were the best informed about the family's health conditions and medical utilization. Information was obtained on the respondents' demographic characteristics, health status and medical utilization, fertility and family planning, mental health, problems in obtaining health care, and unmet needs. Data were compared, when relevant, with similar data for 554 Anglos, obtained from a study of Dane County households in 1973. Findings included: 3 out of 10 Hispanos felt their health was"fair" or "poor", compared with 1 out of 10 Anglos; among the Hispanos' most common health complaints were headaches, nervousness, backaches, irritability, low spirits, sleeplessness, eye and sinus troubles; Hispanos felt there was need for dental care, translators or interpreters among health personnel, general and post illness checkups, health information and outreach services, and doctors' offices and clinics to be opened during evenings and weekends; 60% of the Hispano women were currently using some form of contraception; 40% indicated they would seek professional help from a doctor, counseling center, or priest when confronted with a personal problem. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Dept. of Rural Sociology.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Univ. Extension.