Factors Associated to Health Care Service Use among Latino Day Laborers
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
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AbstractLatino day laborers (LDLs) are at elevated risks for disease and injury because of the environments in which they work. Despite this recognition, a comprehensive examination of factors related to LDLs’ health service use remains unexamined. Using the Andersen model, the current exploratory study examined predisposing (age, education level, location of educational training, legal status, and marital status), enabling (income, trust in medical personnel, whether the respondent has someone they consider their personal doctor, and whether their doctor speaks the same language, perceived barriers to care), and need (self-rated health, number of chronic conditions) variables to predict use of health services among a purposive sample of LDLs (N = 150). Cross-sectional data were collected in 2012 from 4 day laborer sites in Dallas and Arlington, Texas. Regression results suggest that the strongest predictor of health care use was trust in medical providers (β = .41). LDLs who were U.S legal residents (β = .21), reported multiple chronic conditions (β = .16), and had a doctor who spoke their language (β = .15) reported significantly higher levels of health care usage. In terms of barriers, not being able to pay for services (β = −.23), lacking health care insurance coverage (β = −.22), and being embarrassed or having a family member not approve of utilizing services (β = −.18) were significantly associated with lower health care usage among LDLs. These findings suggest that LDLs are faced with a number of predisposing, enabling, and need factors that comprise health care use. Copyright The Author(s) 2017.
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