Geographic variation in mental health care disparities among racially/ethnically diverse adults with psychiatric disorders

Giyeon Kim, Natalie Dautovich, Katy Lauren Ford, Daniel Enrique Jimenez, Benjamin Cook, Richard M. Allman, Patricia Parmelee

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Abstract

Purpose: The main purpose of this paper is to examine geographic variation in unmet need for mental health care among racially/ethnically diverse adults with psychiatric disorders in the US. Methods: Drawn from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES; 2001–2003), adults with any past year psychiatric disorder diagnosis (n = 3211) from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds were selected for analyses. Using weighted data, descriptive analyses and logistic regression analyses were conducted. Results: Two-thirds of the total sample had unmet mental health care need, which differed significantly by race/ethnicity (p < .001). Logistic regression analyses show regional variation of the effect of race/ethnicity in unmet need: after adjusting for covariates, Latinos in the South, Blacks and Latinos in the Midwest, and Latinos and Asians in the West had higher unmet need than non-Hispanic Whites, whereas no significant racial/ethnic effects were found in the Northeast. Conclusions: Findings suggest that geographic region plays an important role in the sufficient use of mental health services among racial/ethnic minorities. Further research should elucidate reasons for geographic disparities in mental health care among racial/ethnic minority adults to reduce disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 6 2017

Keywords

  • Disparities
  • Geography
  • Mental health care
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Unmet need

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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