Purpose: To examine if disparities exist among US adults aged 40 and above that reported reasons for no access to eye care.
Methods: A secondary analysis was conducted on 14,129 US adults aged 40 and above who responded to the Vision Module of the 2007 BRFSS using cross-tabulations, logistic regression and chi square statistics.
Results: Respondents reporting cost/insurance as the main reason for not accessing an eye doctor was greater among adults with education level < HS than with > HS (p<0.001). The percentage who reported cost/insurance as the main reason was greater among adults with income < $25,000 than with >$50,000 (p<0.001). Similarly, a greater percentage of Black adults reported cost/insurance as the reason for not accessing an eye doctor compared to White adults.
Conclusion: Given that Cost/Insurance was the most frequently cited reason, making eye health/health insurance available to most or all Americans will go a long way in narrowing the gap in vision health disparities.
|Advisor:||Butts, Gary C., Foley, Mary E.|
|School:||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Ophthalmology, Public health|
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