Socioeconomic Differences in and Predictors of Home-Based Palliative Care Health Service Use in Ontario, Canada
AbstractThe use of health services may vary across people with different socioeconomic statuses, and may be determined by many factors. The purposes of this study were (i) to examine the socioeconomic differences in the propensity and intensity of use for three main home-based health services, that is, home-based palliative care physician visits, nurse visits and personal support worker (PSW) hours; and (ii) to explore the determinants of the use of home-based palliative care services. A prospective cohort study was employed. A total of 181 caregivers were interviewed biweekly over the course of the palliative care trajectory, yielding a total of 994 interviews. The propensity and intensity of health service use were examined using logistic regression and negative binomial regression, respectively. The results demonstrated that both the propensity and intensity of home-based nurse and PSW visits fell with socioeconomic status. The use of home-based palliative care services was not concentrated in high socioeconomic status groups. The common predictors of health service use in the three service categories were patient age, the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) score and place of death. These findings may assist health service planners in the appropriate allocation of resources and service packages to meet the complex needs of palliative care populations. View Full-Text
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Cai, J.; Guerriere, D.N.; Zhao, H.; Coyte, P.C. Socioeconomic Differences in and Predictors of Home-Based Palliative Care Health Service Use in Ontario, Canada. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 802.
Cai J, Guerriere DN, Zhao H, Coyte PC. Socioeconomic Differences in and Predictors of Home-Based Palliative Care Health Service Use in Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(7):802.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cai, Jiaoli; Guerriere, Denise N.; Zhao, Hongzhong; Coyte, Peter C. 2017. "Socioeconomic Differences in and Predictors of Home-Based Palliative Care Health Service Use in Ontario, Canada." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 7: 802.
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