Characteristics Associated with Reservation Travel Among Urban American Outpatients.
Authors: Rhoades DA, Buchwald D, Manson SM, Noonan C
Publication Year: 2005
Last Updated: 2016-01-20 14:33:29
Journal: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Keywords: urban indians, transition, mobility, health related characteristics, reservation, low-income, sociodemographic, multivariate, identification, self identity, identity, north american, inuit, primary health care, urban population
The objectives of this study were to ascertain the extent of, and health-related characteristics associated with, travel to reservations in a low-income, urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population.
The objectives of this study were to ascertain the extent of, and health-related characteristics associated with, travel to reservations in a low-income, urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population. We surveyed more than 500 AI/AN adults at a primary care clinic. Measures included time spent visiting a reservation during the past year, and sociodemographic, cultural, and clinical characteristics. More than half (52%) of the patients had not traveled, 34% had traveled up to 30 days, and 14% had spent more than 30 days traveling to reservations. Multivariate ordinal regression revealed that a strong Native American cultural identification, presence of lung disease, absence of thyroid and mental problems, and greater dissatisfaction with care were independently associated with more travel to reservations (p ? 0.05). This research begins to augment the paucity of information on such travel and its relationship to health status and use of health services among urban AI/ANs.
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Funding: National Institute of Aging