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Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Apr;22(4):1194-200. doi: 10.1002/oby.20677. Epub 2013 Dec 19.

The role of weight, race, and health care experiences in care use among young men and women.

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  • 1Social and Behavioral Research Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Increases in overweight and obesity (O/O)-related morbidities and health care costs raise questions about how weight influences patients' health care use and care experiences. Past research has been inconsistent; however, prior study designs and samples have limited exploration of how this association might be influenced by gender, race, and the joint impact of these factors.

METHODS:

This analysis of 1,036 young, relatively healthy, ethnically diverse, insured adults assessed the influence of O/O, gender, and race on, and the role of health care experiences in primary and preventive care use over a 12-month period.

RESULTS:

The association of weight status with care use differed by gender. O/O men used more primary care visits; O/O women used fewer preventive care visits than their healthy weight counterparts. O/O men had poorer health care experiences than healthy weight men. African-American women reported poorer experiences, but those who were O/O reported greater trust in their provider. Care experience ratings did not explain the associations between BMI and care use.

CONCLUSIONS:

Gender, race, and visit type together provide a context for O/O patient's care that may not be explained by care experiences. This context must be considered in efforts to encourage appropriate use of services.

Copyright © 2013 The Obesity Society.

PMID:
24318861
[PubMed - in process]
PMCID:
PMC3968189
[Available on 2014/10/1]
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