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The relationship between self-rated health and health care service use among women veterans in a primary care clinic.
Bosworth HB, Butterfield MI, Stechuchak KM, Bastian LA. The relationship between self-rated health and health care service use among women veterans in a primary care clinic. Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health. 2000 Sep 1; 10(5):278-85.
This study examined whether self-rated health predicted health service use among women in an equal access primary care clinic setting. Women veterans (n = 139), 23-76 years of age were administered the PRIME-MD questionnaire at their outpatient clinic (OPC) visit which included a self-rated health item and assessment of symptoms. Number of prospective OPC visits was the outcome variable. Women who had poor/fair health were significantly more likely (OR = 3.25) to have more ( > 12) OPC visits than women who reported excellent/very good health. We conclude that poor perception of one's health is an important predictor of health care use among women veterans.