A comparative study of sources of health information and access to preventive care among low income chronic drug users

V. Orrego Dunleavy, L. Crandall, L. R. Metsch

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Abstract

Much of health research that examines patterns of health utilization for chronic drug users fails to account for the role of media use and health information seeking. This paper suggests that the nature of drug use is associated with a decreased health orientation that is manifested in media selection and consumption. A comparative analysis was conducted to examine: (1) the differential health perceptions as a function of drug use, (2) the sources of information used, and (3) the relationship between sources of information and primary health care access among chronic users of illicit drugs and socio-demographically similar persons who are not chronic drug users. Results point to both common as well as differential patterns of health information sources. Logistic regression analysis found that medically related sources such as doctors and pamphlets are important sources associated with increased primary care. Important implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-128
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Access to Health Care
  • Chronic Drug Use
  • Health Information
  • Sources of Information

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Plant Science

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