Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Low-income women: Does having Medi-Cal coverage predict increased mammography use?
by Tomka, Jennifer, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 48; 1524170
Abstract (Summary)

As the rates of breast cancer continue to increase, researchers and medical professionals struggle to give a definitive cause of the disease or find a cure. Unfortunately, it seems that the chance of having a cancer diagnosis within one's lifetime is only increasing. Since breast cancer is somewhat unpredictable, the medical field has taken the pathway of attempting to minimize the risk of mortality through regular screening mammograms. Even with multiple initiatives to increase mammogram utilization, multiple demographic factors such as race, income status, and insurance coverage continue to be underserved. The present study will focus on income status and insurance coverage as barriers to regular screening mammograms. It is hypothesized that those women with low-income status and no insurance coverage are less likely to receive regular screening mammograms than those women with higher income and some type of insurance. After completing a statistical analysis, both hypotheses were supported.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
Commitee: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Public health, Public policy, Health care management
Keywords: California
Publication Number: 1524170
ISBN: 978-1-303-52147-8
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