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dc.contributor.authorTsui, Judith I.en_US
dc.contributor.authorMaselli, Judithen_US
dc.contributor.authorGonzales, Ralphen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-29T21:03:23Z
dc.date.available2011-12-29T21:03:23Z
dc.date.issued2008-12-23en_US
dc.identifier.citationTsui, Judith I., Judith Maselli, Ralph Gonzales. "Sociodemographic Trends in National Ambulatory Care Visits for Hepatitis C Virus Infection" Digestive Diseases and Sciences 54(12): 2694-2698. (2008)en_US
dc.identifier.issn1573-2568en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/2551
dc.description.abstractPoor and non-white patients are disproportionately infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The objective of this research is to determine sociodemographic patterns of HCV-related ambulatory care visits over time. Data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey-Outpatient (NHAMCS-OPD) for the years 1997–2005 were analyzed in 3-year intervals. Demographic and other variables were compared for each period, and multivariable logistic regression was performed to examine whether the likelihood of a visit being HCV-related (versus non-HCV) was independently associated with (1) race and/or (2) Medicaid status over time. The total number of HCV-related ambulatory visits more than doubled from 3,583,585 during the years 1997–1999 to 8,027,166 during 2003–2005. During this time, the proportion of non-whites and Medicaid recipients presenting for HCV-related visits approximately doubled (non-whites: 16% vs. 33%, P = 0.04; Medicaid recipients: 10% vs. 25%, P = 0.07). In 2003–2005, HCV-related visits were more than twice as likely to occur among non-white patients vs. white patients (OR = 2.49; 95% CI: 1.60–3.86) and patients on Medicaid vs. non-Medicaid (3.49; 1.79–6.80). Our results show that HCV-associated ambulatory care visits are increasing, with a greater proportion of visits occurring among non-white patients and Medicaid recipients.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources (KL2RR024130)en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSpringer USen_US
dc.rights© Tsui et al., 2008en_US
dc.subjectHepatitis Cen_US
dc.subjectHealth disparitiesen_US
dc.subjectAmbulatory careen_US
dc.subjectHealth servicesen_US
dc.titleSociodemographic Trends in National Ambulatory Care Visits for Hepatitis C Virus Infectionen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10620-008-0659-2en_US
dc.identifier.pmid19104932en_US
dc.identifier.pmcid2778662en_US


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