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Child healthcare in two farmworker populations.

Authors
Gentry-K; Quandt-SA; Davis-SW; Grzywacz-JG; Hiott-AE; Arcury-TA
Source
J Community Health 2007 Dec; 32(6):419-431
NIOSHTIC No.
20032987
Abstract
Children in farmworker families are medically underserved. Little research has documented the healthcare of these children. This analysis uses data collected from two populations of Latino farmworker families, one located in western North Carolina and western Virginia, and the other located in eastern North Carolina, to describe and compare child healthcare utilization and mothers' satisfaction with their children's healthcare. Child, mother, household and health services characteristics are examined as causes of variation in child healthcare utilization and mothers' satisfaction for each farmworker population. Results highlight strengths in the provision of healthcare to farmworker children, including most receiving care at a consistent healthcare facility, age appropriate time since last visit, and satisfaction with the care received. Shortcomings in farmworker child healthcare include few having a consistent healthcare provider, and many not receiving visits with recommended frequency. Differences observed in child health services between the two populations include dissatisfaction with care received, perceptions that healthcare staff members are disrespectful, and difficulties with transportation. Further research is needed to determine the best means of providing care to this underserved population.
Keywords
Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Environmental-health; Farmers; Agricultural-workers; Occupational-health; Children
Contact
Thomas A. Arcury, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
CODEN
JCMHBR
Publication Date
20070701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
tarcury@wfubmc.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R25-OH-007611
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0094-5145
Source Name
Journal of Community Health
State
NC
Performing Organization
Wake Forest University
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