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Sentell TL, Shen C, Landsittel D
Racial/ethnic differences in those accompanying Medicare patients to the doctor: insights from the 2013 Medicare current beneficiary's survey.
This study used multivariable models applied to Medicare Current Beneficiary's Survey Access to Care public use data in order to predict companion accompaniment to health care providers among Medicare beneficiaries; Chi square analyses compared, by race/ethnicity, who was accompanying patients and why. Black and Hispanic patients were more likely to be accompanied than whites. In all three groups, more than a third of patients brought someone with them to ‘take notes,’ ‘ask questions,’ and/or ‘explain things,’ but significantly more Hispanic patients brought a companion to ‘explain instructions,’ ‘translate,’ and/or to provide ‘moral support.’ The authors conclude that many Medicare beneficiaries are accompanied to doctors' appointments, particularly among minority racial/ethnic groups, and that this should be taken in consideration in healthcare policy and practice.
Citation: Sentell TL, Shen C, Landsittel D . Racial/ethnic differences in those accompanying Medicare patients to the doctor: insights from the 2013 Medicare current beneficiary's survey. J Immigr Minor Health 2018 Aug;20(4):776-83. doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-0582-8..
Keywords: Caregiving, Elderly, Medicare, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Social Determinants of Health