Disparities in Health Services Use Among Multiracial American Young Adults

Karen M. Tabb, Christopher R. Larrison, Shinwoo Choi, Hsiang Huang

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Abstract

Addressing disparities in health services utilization remains critical for improving minority health; however, most studies do not report on the health service use of multiracial young adults (age 22–34). This study compares past year health service use of self-identified multiracial (two or more races) young adults with monoracial White young adults. Weighted survey data from Add Health (N = 7296) and multivariate logistic regression analyses were used. Compared to monoracial White young adults, Black-White multiracial [OR 0.40, 95 % CI (0.17–0.90)] and Black-Native American multiracial [OR 0.23, 95 % CI (0.09–0.63)] young adults are less likely to report primary care service use in the past year. Multiracial young adults have different health care service utilization than their White monoracial peers with Black-Native American young adults appearing to be particularly vulnerable to under-utilization of primary care services. It is important to examine multiracial subgroups when studying patterns of health services utilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1462-1469
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of immigrant and minority health
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Keywords

  • Ethnicity
  • Health care
  • Health care utilization
  • Health disparities
  • Health services
  • Mixed race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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