Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(3), 975-990; doi:10.3390/ijerph7030975
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Specialty Care Use in US Patients with Chronic Diseases

1 SC Rural Health Research Center, University of South Carolina, 800 Sumter Street HESC, 312B, Columbia, SC 29210, USA 2 Institute for Partnership to Eliminate Health Disparities, University of South Carolina, 220 Stoneridge Drive Columbia, SC 29210, USA 3 College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Health Care Management, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1365 Douglas Drive, MC 6615, Carbondale, IL 62901-6615, USA 4 Computer Science Department, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1000 Faner Drive, Faner 2125 MC 4511, Carbondale, IL 62901-6615, USA 5 Institute for Partnership to Eliminate Health Disparities, University of South Carolina, 220 Stoneridge Drive Columbia, SC 29210, USA
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Received: 30 December 2009; in revised form: 3 February 2010 / Accepted: 5 March 2010 / Published: 10 March 2010
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Abstract: Despite efforts to eliminate health disparities, racial, ethnic, and geographic groups continue lag behind their counterparts in health outcomes in the United States. The purpose of this study is to determine variation in specialty care utilization by chronic disease status. Data were extracted from the Commonwealth Fund 2006 Health Care Quality Survey (n = 2475). A stratified minority sample design was employed to ensure a representative sample. Logistic regression was used in analyses to predict specialty care utilization in the sample. Poor perceived health, minority status, and lack of insurance was associated with reduced specialty care use and chronic disease diagnosis.
Keywords: specialty care; health disparities; chronic disease

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Bellinger, J.D.; Hassan, R.M.; Rivers, P.A.; Cheng, Q.; Williams, E.; Glover, S.H. Specialty Care Use in US Patients with Chronic Diseases. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 975-990.

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Bellinger JD, Hassan RM, Rivers PA, Cheng Q, Williams E, Glover SH. Specialty Care Use in US Patients with Chronic Diseases. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(3):975-990.

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Bellinger, Jessica D.; Hassan, Rahnuma M.; Rivers, Patrick A.; Cheng, Qiang; Williams, Edith; Glover, Saundra H. 2010. "Specialty Care Use in US Patients with Chronic Diseases." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 3: 975-990.

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