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Differences in health care service utilisation in elderly, registered in eight districts of five European countries


Vadla, Draženka; Božikov, Jadranka; Akerström, Bengt; Cheung, Wai-Yee; Kovačić, Luka; Masanović, Marija; Merilainen, Satu; Mihel, Sandra; Nummelin- Niemi, Hanna; Stefanaki, Ioanna N; Stencrantz, Bo
Differences in health care service utilisation in elderly, registered in eight districts of five European countries // Scandinavian journal of public health, 39 (2011), 3; 272-279 doi:10.1177/1403494811401476 (međunarodna recenzija, članak, znanstveni)


Naslov
Differences in health care service utilisation in elderly, registered in eight districts of five European countries

Autori
Vadla, Draženka ; Božikov, Jadranka ; Akerström, Bengt ; Cheung, Wai-Yee ; Kovačić, Luka ; Masanović, Marija ; Merilainen, Satu ; Mihel, Sandra ; Nummelin- Niemi, Hanna ; Stefanaki, Ioanna N ; Stencrantz, Bo

Izvornik
Scandinavian journal of public health (1403-4948) 39 (2011), 3; 272-279

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Aged; cross-sectional study; Europe; healthcare service utilization; self-rated health

Sažetak
The aim of the study was to compare and analyze the differences in self-reported frequencies of visits paid to physicians and hospitalization rates, as well as their association with socio-demographic factors and health status self-rated by elderly. A cross-sectional study was performed in eight districts of five European countries (Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Croatia and Greece). A total of 3, 540 persons aged 70 or more were interviewed by trained interviewers. Healthcare service utilisation and its association with demographic characteristics and self-rated health were analysed using descriptive statistical methods, chi-square test and logistic regression. Almost 90% of elderly visited a physician in the past year ; 50% visited a specialist, while 24% were hospitalized. A visit to a specialist was paid by 70% of Greek, 50% to 60% of Croatian, and around 40% of Irish, Finnish and Swedish elderly. The highest proportion of hospitalizations (32%) was encountered in Greece and the lowest one (20%) in Sweden. Self-rated poor health appears to be the only common denominator associated with increased healthcare utilisation. Younger age stood out as a statistically significant predictor of the likelihood of specialist consults, while older age, male gender and the synergy of male gender and current single life were disclosed as the predictors of hospitalization frequency. Healthcare service utilisation exercised by elderly across European districts was found to be highly variable and showed a clear distinction between north-western and south- eastern Europe ; this is in line with differences in self-rated health.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Javno zdravstvo i zdravstvena zaštita



POVEZANOST RADA


Ustanove
Hrvatski zavod za javno zdravstvo,
Medicinski fakultet, Zagreb

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  • Current Contents Connect (CCC)
  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP)
    • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
    • SCI-EXP, SSCI i/ili A&HCI
  • Scopus
  • MEDLINE


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