Comprehensive cancer screening in a primary care population: Gender differences in the impact of ambulatory care system factors
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Aged; Ambulatory Care; Comprehensive Health Care; Female; Health Status; Humans; Insurance Coverage; Male; Middle Aged; Neoplasms; Primary Health Care; Socioeconomic Factors; United States
Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventative Medicine
There is a great deal to be learned about how factors within the context of primary care influence the provision of comprehensive preventive services. This study assessed the prevalence of cancer screening among a primary care population of men and women and examined the association of characteristics of the patient-physician relationship, the healthcare facility, and type of health insurance. Findings suggest that prevalence of comprehensive cancer screening is low, particularly among men. Characteristics of the patient-physician relationship are an important predictor of screening among women but not men. Among men, however, greater contact with the medical care system is important.
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Citation: J Ambul Care Manage. 2005 Jan-Mar;28(1):86-97.