Table 2

Hispanic Respondents perceptions of healthcare providers' communication behaviors by ethnic subgroup

MEPS Items Pertaining to Healthcare Providers Communication Behaviors

Adjusted OR

(95% CI)a


Provider listened to them carefullyb

Central/South American

0.92 (0.46, 1.84)

Dominican

0.95 (0.35, 2.58)

Cuban

2.03 (0.91, 4.53)

Puerto Rican

1.94 (0.93, 4.05)

Mexican

1.36 (0.71, 2.60)

Other

1.00


Provider explained things so they understoodb

Central/South American

0.90 (0.50, 1.61)

Dominican

0.72 (0.29, 1.79)

Cuban

1.56 (0.72, 3.36)

Puerto Rican

1.67 (0.86, 3.27)

Mexican

1.18 (0.65, 2.13)

Other

1.00


Provider showed respect for what they had to sayb

Central/South American

0.88 (0.53, 1.45)

Dominican

0.86 (0.30, 2.47)

Cuban

1.31 (0.59, 2.87)

Puerto Rican

2.16 (1.16, 4.03)

Mexican

1.52 (0.91, 2.53)

Other

1.00


Provider spent enough time with themb

Central/South American

1.06 (0.54, 2.08)

Dominican

0.65 (0.31, 1.35)

Cuban

2.03 (0.88, 4.66)

Puerto Rican

2.28 (1.06, 4.92)

Mexican

1.88 (1.02, 3.46)

Other

1.00


Provider asks person to help make health care decisionsc

Central/South American

0.46 (0.23, 0.95)

Dominican

0.43 (0.13, 1.49)

Cuban

0.95 (0.37, 2.39)

Puerto Rican

0.74 (0.37, 1.49)

Mexican

0.63 (0.33, 1.20)

Other

1.00


Provider shows respect for treatmentsc

Central/South American

0.70 (0.34, 1.41)

Dominican

0.47 (0.20, 1.12)

Cuban

0.76 (0.30, 1.92)

Puerto Rican

0.69 (0.31, 1.54)

Mexican

0.84 (0.43, 1.66)

Other

1.00


MEPS = Medical Expenditures Panel Survey, OR = odds ratio, CI = confidence interval

aStatistical significance indicated by bold highlights.

bEstimates pertain to Hispanic civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. adults who visited a healthcare provider in the past year. Multiple logistic regression models adjusted for sex, age, selected language of interview, place of residence, family income, educational attainment, census region, health insurance status, and usual source of care.

cEstimates pertain to Hispanic civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. adults who reported having a usual source of care in 2005. Multiple logistic regression models adjusted for sex, age, selected language of interview, place of residence, family income, educational attainment, census region, and health insurance status.

Wallace et al. BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:240   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-240

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