Purpose: To conduct a community needs assessment to determine whether a need for a free diabetes clinic for the uninsured, underinsured, low income, rural population.
Design: A mixed method simple descriptive quantitative needs assessment survey was conducted with a convenience sample of 250 that returned 155 surveys. In addition, there were three focus group sessions and 113 key informant survey responses.
Method: Participants completed the needs assessment survey, focus group questionnaire, and key informant survey.
Results: One hundred and fifty-five adults (62%) completed the study. Eighty-nine of the respondents lived in the rural population being studied. Forty percent of the respondents made less than $25,000 annually. Fifty-one paid in full with cash for healthcare services. Seventy-seven percent believe that diabetes has a large impact on the community. Seventy-three believe that access to healthcare is a problem in the community. Nearly 74% would like to see a diabetes clinic offered.
Conclusion: The results of the needs assessment survey, key informant interviews, and focus group sessions confirmed that there is definitely a need for a diabetes clinic for the uninsured, underinsured, rural population in Northeast Indiana.
|School:||Indiana Wesleyan University|
|School Location:||United States -- Indiana|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
|Keywords:||Diabetes, Indiana, Needs assessment survey, Poverty, Quantitative, Underserved populations|
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