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Unmet Medical Needs of Patients with Benign Prostate Enlargement

by 1, 1, 2,3,* and 1,4,*
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Department of Medical Device Management and Research, SAIHST, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul 06351, Korea
2
Department of Public Health Science, Graduate School of Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea
3
BK21Plus Program in Public Health Science, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea
4
Department of Urology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul 06351, Korea
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J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(4), 895; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9040895
Received: 10 February 2020 / Revised: 20 March 2020 / Accepted: 23 March 2020 / Published: 25 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
This study aimed to analyze the factors affecting the unmet medical needs of patients with benign prostate enlargement (BPE) based on Andersen’s behavioral model. The data were taken from the 2009–2016 Korea Health Panel Study and 3003 participants were used for analysis. “Unmet medical needs” was used as a dependent variable. Independent variables were predisposing variables: age, educational attainment, and marital status; enabling factors: income, job type, and insurance type; and need factors: lying in a sickbed, activity limitation, subjective health status, and having chronic diseases. Results showed that younger patients experienced a higher probability of unmet medical needs. Those with higher educational attainment had a lower chance of experiencing unmet medical needs. Patients with national health insurance were less likely to experience unmet medical needs. In addition, patients who experienced lying in a sickbed had a higher probability of experiencing unmet medical needs. Therefore, in order to reduce the unmet medical needs of patients with BPE, it is necessary to allow patients to be treated early and give them accurate information about the disease. In addition, access to medical care should be strengthened through continuous care focused on primary care. View Full-Text
Keywords: benign prostate enlargement; benign prostatic hyperplasia; unmet medical needs; Andersen’s behavioral model; community care; Korea benign prostate enlargement; benign prostatic hyperplasia; unmet medical needs; Andersen’s behavioral model; community care; Korea
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Lee, M.; Park, S.; Choi, M.; Lee, K.-S. Unmet Medical Needs of Patients with Benign Prostate Enlargement. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9, 895.

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