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Vol. 10 - Num. 37

Original Papers

Influence of the ethnic group on the use of services

M.ª Antonia Aretio Romeroa, A García Tartasb

aTrabajadora Social y Socióloga. CS Cascajos. Logroño. España.
bPediatra. CS Rodríguez Paterna. Logroño. España.

Correspondence: MA Aretio. E-mail: maaretio@riojasalud.es

Reference of this article: Aretio Romero MA, García Tartas A. Influence of the ethnic group on the use of services. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2008;10:17-29.

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Abstract

Introduction: the socio-cultural factors (including immigration) influence the use of public health and make the medical services staff to implement new methods or ways of working.

Objective: to asses the relevance of the socio-economic and cultural characteristics of the population in question as determining factors of the health services provided.

Methodology: cross-sectional descriptive research of all the children born in the year 2001 assigned to a paediatrician. Information was gathered through a questionnaire handed over by the paediatrician to the parents as well as checking the clinical records of the child. The research was made from a unique sample.

Results: the gipsy population reaches maternity earlier than the rest and its socio-economic situation is less favourable. They ask for medical services without appointment more frequently, making an inadequate use of the emergency units in a higher proportion, and they come for fewer controls of the Well Child Program, also displaying a higher degree of non-compliance about the advice given. Immigrants occupy an intermediate position between the gipsy and the non-gipsy population, progressively assuming the health guidelines and attendance of the Spanish health system.

Conclusions: the ethnic group and the socio-economic situation definitely condition the use of the paediatric services. The gipsy population makes use of the health services in a different manner. The immigrants aren´t the main cause of the overload of work suffered by professionals. It would seem advisable to re-orientate paediatric services to respond to the peculiarities of each one of the ethnic groups, incorporating group and community based perspectives.

Keywords

Gypsy Immigration Over utilization Poverty Social and economic determinants

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