Health competence as predictor of access to care among latinos in Baltimore

Fannie Fonseca-Becker, Maria J. Perez-Patron, Beatriz Munoz, Michael O'Leary, Evelyn Rosario, Sheila K West

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Abstract

The goal of this study is to identify the underlying structure of Health Competence and its value as a predictor of access to care among the Latino population in Baltimore, Maryland. Data on a cross-sectional urban probability sample were collected from 330 foreign-born Latino men and women aged 21-75 years residing in Baltimore at the time of the survey. Principal components analysis yielded a two-component solution: the first component comprised "factors enabling" access to care; the second, "perceived barriers". When testing the predictive power of the Health Competence construct using model building and the log likelihood criteria the "enabling factors" added significantly (P <.005) to the power of the socio-demographic variables to predict access to care, making it an important tool for programs aiming to improve US Latinos' health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-360
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

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Baltimore
Hispanic Americans
Mental Competency
Causality
Health
Sampling Studies
Principal Component Analysis
Demography
Population

Keywords

  • Access to care
  • Health competence
  • Health seeking behavior
  • Hispanics
  • Latinos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Health competence as predictor of access to care among latinos in Baltimore. / Fonseca-Becker, Fannie; Perez-Patron, Maria J.; Munoz, Beatriz; O'Leary, Michael; Rosario, Evelyn; West, Sheila K.

In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Vol. 12, No. 3, 06.2010, p. 354-360.

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Fonseca-Becker, Fannie ; Perez-Patron, Maria J. ; Munoz, Beatriz ; O'Leary, Michael ; Rosario, Evelyn ; West, Sheila K. / Health competence as predictor of access to care among latinos in Baltimore. In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2010 ; Vol. 12, No. 3. pp. 354-360.
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