Associations Between Health Care Factors and Self-Reported Health Status Among Individuals with Diabetes: Results from a Community Assessment.
Summary of "Associations Between Health Care Factors and Self-Reported Health Status Among Individuals with Diabetes: Results from a Community Assessment."
To identify the influence of select health care variables on self-reported physical and mental health status of individuals with diabetes. Data from the 2006 Brazos Valley Health Status Assessment (BVHSA) were analyzed. Aspects of health care were defined through exploratory factor analysis. Structural equation modeling was used to create relationships between health care aspects, personal characteristics of the participants, and self-reported physical and mental health status of individuals with diabetes. The significant predictors of self-reported physical health status were the number of co-morbid chronic diseases (β = 0.27, P = .002), and medical system access (β = -0.20, P = .035). The significant predictor of self-reported mental health status was the number of co-morbid chronic diseases (β = 0.35, P < .001). Self-reported physical (β = 0.27, P = .028) and mental (β = 0.29, P = .020) health status were both predictive of physician communication of mental health issues. Communication about mental health issues strongly relates to both self-reported physical and mental health status and should be an important part of physicians' care for individuals with diabetes. Further, the nuances of medical system access for diabetes care should be further examined.
Department of Health Policy & Management, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, 122 SRPH Administration Building, College Station, TX, 77843, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Name: Journal of community health
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20865306
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10900-010-9314-x
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Mental Health Associations
Voluntary organizations which support educational programs and research in psychiatry with the objective of the promotion of mental health. An early association in the United States was founded as the National Committee for Mental Hygiene in 1909, became the Mental Health Association in 1976 and later the National Mental Health Association in 1980. State and local mental health associations in this country are chartered by the national organization and affiliated with it.
Primary Health Care
Care which provides integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. (JAMA 1995;273(3):192)
Allied Health Personnel
Health care workers specially trained and licensed to assist and support the work of health professionals. Often used synonymously with paramedical personnel, the term generally refers to all health care workers who perform tasks which must otherwise be performed by a physician or other health professional.
Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
Payment by a third-party payer in a sum equal to the amount expended by a health care provider or facility for health services rendered to an insured or program beneficiary. (From Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management, 1988)
Delivery Of Health Care, Integrated
A health care system which combines physicians, hospitals, and other medical services with a health plan to provide the complete spectrum of medical care for its customers. In a fully integrated system, the three key elements - physicians, hospital, and health plan membership - are in balance in terms of matching medical resources with the needs of purchasers and patients. (Coddington et al., Integrated Health Care: Reorganizing the Physician, Hospital and Health Plan Relationship, 1994, p7)
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